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Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Treatment Plano TX

Whether you have severe pain or chronic discomfort in your shoulder or elbow joints, the Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center participating physicians offer both surgical and nonsurgical treatments for these and other joints.

Symptoms of Shoulder & Elbow Problems

Common diagnoses for elbow and shoulder pain include lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), bursitis, arthritis, tendinitis, fracture, and dislocation. Symptoms of these and other shoulder and elbow problems can vary widely, but may include one or more of the following:

  • Pain due to a direct injury of the shoulder or elbow
  • Inability to carry objects or use the arm
  • Injury that causes deformity of the joint
  • Shoulder pain that occurs at night or while resting
  • Shoulder pain that persists beyond a few days
  • Inability to raise the arm
  • Swelling or significant bruising around the joint or arm
  • Signs of an infection, including fever, redness, warmth
  • Previously diagnosed tendinitis that doesn’t improve with home care

Treatments of Shoulder & Elbow Problems

Depending on the diagnosis, treatments for shoulder and elbow problems can range from rest and anti-inflammatories to therapy and surgery. Surgical options include:

Rotator Cuff Repair

When torn muscles or tendons of the rotator cuff do not respond to nonsurgical treatments such as medication and physical therapy, this surgery may be recommended.

This procedure is generally recommended only when non-operative care has failed to successfully treat pain or loss of mobility caused by injury or degenerative disease. This surgery involves the replacement of the shoulder joint with a prosthetic implant.

With this surgery, the entire elbow joint is replaced with either an “unlinked” or “linked” prosthetic device. The “unlinked” implant allows for natural movement, but requires greater stability of the surrounding structures than the “linked” implant, which has more stability but constrains movement a bit.

“Tennis Elbow” Surgery

In many cases, treatment of lateral epicondylitis — more commonly known as “tennis elbow” — includes rest, medication, rehabilitative exercise, massage or various braces. However, arthroscopic surgery may be recommended in severe cases. This surgery involves the removal of diseased tissue and reattaching a healthy tendon to the bone.