Shoulder Injuries

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The shoulder is the site of many common problems; athletes are particularly vulnerable. Should surgery be required, Dr. Wright uses a minimally invasive arthroscopic approach, making three to four small incisions to place a camera inside the joint and examine it. Using specially designed surgical instruments, he’ll then work to repair the injury. Recovery times for these procedures are typically fairly short.

Among the conditions that can be treated:

  • Rotator cuff injuries: The muscles and tendons in the rotator cuff attach to the bones of the shoulder and enable movement to occur. Non-surgical treatments are often successful when they are injured or torn, though surgery may be required for larger injuries.
  • Labral tears: The labrum is a cuff of cartilage that circles the shoulder socket to allow for a wider range of movements and provide stability for the shoulder joint. When the shoulder is injured, it may fray and tear.
  • Impingement syndrome: Impingement syndrome occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff rub against the roof of the shoulder, causing irritation and pain.
  • Arthritis: The shoulder is susceptible to several different types of arthritis, which inflame and destroy the joint and its surrounding tissue.