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:
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.