Given the complexity and range of motion in your shoulder, aches, pain, and stiffness occur commonly. However, with the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body, your shoulder is vulnerable to serious injuries that may not heal on their own. Dr. Douglas Abeles of Douglas J. Abeles MD & Associates in Castro Valley, California, is a specialist in shoulder surgery, particularly with cutting-edge, minimally invasive techniques that promote fast recovery. Call or click today to set up a consultation.
Due to the complexity of the joint, the shoulder is susceptible to a wide range of injuries and conditions. Dr. Abeles finds that rotator cuff issues and bicep tendonitis are the most common ailments that he sees, typical of a sports medicine practice.
Shoulder problems may be acute, occurring suddenly, such as with a sports injury, or they may develop over a period of time, arising from repetitive motion or poor body mechanics. Some of the more prevalent shoulder issues include:
Specific treatment depends upon what problem causes your pain or loss of mobility. Often, your pain may be due to more that one issue, such as a dislocation accompanied by tissue tears. Some of the common procedures that Dr. Abeles performs include:
No. In fact, surgery is typically the last resort for treatment of shoulder issues. Dr. Abeles uses conservative treatment for most shoulder problems, turning to surgery only when these produce unsatisfactory results.