Are you in pain every time you try to put your shirt on? Do everyday movements hurt? Then Dr. R. Jeffrey Grondel, an expert orthopedic surgeon in Henderson for shoulder pain relief, is the doctor to see. He is a dedicated board certified orthopedic surgeon with a double Fellowship training in both sports medicine and the shoulder joint. Dr. Grondel continues to pioneer arthroscopic surgical techniques in all major joints and has instructed orthopedic surgeons in these techniques and in the treatment of sports related injuries. But what sets him apart is his unique perspective and understanding of his patients' needs. Not only is he an exceptional orthopedic surgeon, but he has also been a patient and knows personally what it means to be injured and on the receiving end of quality care. He compassionately guides you through the recovery process to help you achieve full activity and enjoyment. In addition, he views surgery as the last resort, not the first. He employs the least invasive way to resolve your shoulder problems and help you get back in the game again.
One reason for shoulder pain is damage to the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and four muscles that connect the upper arm bone, the humerus, to the shoulder blade. Their function is to stabilize the shoulder by keeping it within the socket and help to lift and rotate the arm. When a rotator cuff tear occurs, there can be a lot of pain and/or limited motion. Damage to the rotator cuff is a common source of pain and disability in adults. After a thorough examination by this talented orthopedic surgeon in Henderson, your treatment for shoulder pain is determined by which of the most common problems of shoulder pain - tears, strains, tendinitis, and bursitis - is the cause of your discomfort. In the case of a torn rotator cuff, one or more of the rotator cuff tendons are no longer fully attached to the head of the humerus. A rotator cuff tear can happen as a result of a single traumatic event or can develop gradually as a due to repeated micro-traumas. An acute tear occurs abruptly as the result of a fall, lifting a heavy object with a jerking motion, or along with other injuries sustained in an accident such as a broken collarbone and dislocated shoulder and are typically accompanied by immediate and intense pain. Most rotator cuff tears fall into the category of degenerative tears. These are a result of overuse and repeated rotator cuff injury due to straining or irritating the tendons. While degenerative changes to the rotator cuff occurs naturally with age, some occupations and hobbies that involve repetitive stress put one at greater risk for rotator cuff tears.
Arthroscopic repair for rotator cuff injuries and tears is a specialty of the orthopedic surgeon in Henderson. A small incision, about the size of a grain of rice, is made and a scope with a camera on the end is passed into your shoulder joint. The doctor is able to move the scope around the joint as images are relayed to a large screen. This accessibility helps avoid larger incisions and trauma within the joint. Surgical tools also use the same access site and repair the damage. Recovery is faster than traditional, open surgery, the scar is much smaller, and post-operative discomfort is minimal. So if you have shoulder pain and need a skilled surgeon, come in for an appointment.
By R. Jeffrey Grondel, MD
March 19, 2019
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