Shoulders are the most mobile joints in the human body. Since they are capable of complete rotation, they are more susceptible to injury, especially sports injuries. Rotator cuff tears, for example, are common in athletes. Those who play baseball, basketball, football, tennis and volleyball frequently perform overhead throwing or striking motions using their shoulders. Many people also experience common shoulder injuries such as shoulder arthritis, fractures, frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis), shoulder impingement, and shoulder separations or dislocations. These types of injuries are often caused by injury to soft tissues and either overuse or underuse of their shoulders. Serious shoulder injuries may require repair using minimally invasive shoulder arthroscopy, shoulder replacement surgery or reverse shoulder replacement.
More than 23,000 people in the U.S. have shoulder replacement surgery annually according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS). People with advanced arthritis, significant limits to their range of motion or function during work, recreation and daily activities, and pain that is not relieved by conservative treatments such as medications or physical therapy are often good candidates for shoulder replacement. Pain can be localized in the shoulder joint or travel to adjacent areas or even down along the arm. A reverse shoulder replacement is a procedure during which the normal ball-and-socket configuration of the glenohumeral joint is reversed, creating a fixed fulcrum and a more stable joint.
At our orthopedic center, we treat people of all ages from all around the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia including Martinsburg, Charles Town, Kearneysville, Hagerstown MD and Winchester VA. If you have any questions about shoulder replacement surgery or shoulder arthroscopy, please do not hesitate to call our office at 304-263-5129.