Shoulder Injury Pain
Serving Houston, Cypress, and The Woodlands, Texas
Shoulder injuries can happen to anyone, regardless of age. Older individuals can develop shoulder stiffness, loss of motion, or arthritis after years of regular use. Young athletes can suffer a rotator cuff tear, impingement, dislocation, or separation while playing their favorite sport. No matter your age or how you sustained the injury, you need a shoulder injury specialist to help you recover and regain your strength. KSF Orthopaedic Center in Houston and Spring, TX, can address various injuries, including shoulder sprains, torn rotator cuffs, shoulder impingements, and more. If you have suffered a shoulder injury or have pain in your shoulder, please reach out to our team to schedule an appointment with our shoulder surgeon or specialist.
We Treat a Variety of Shoulder Issues
Pain in your shoulder can significantly impact your life, making everyday tasks difficult. Even just moving your arms or lifting them above your head can be painful with a shoulder injury. This discomfort can be incredibly frustrating and negatively impact your quality of life. KSF Orthopaedic Center is committed to identifying the problem, helping you alleviate your pain, and resolving the issue. In most cases, we will work to resolve the issue through non-surgical options first. Many non-surgical treatments can significantly improve your range of motion and reduce or eliminate your discomfort. We treat a variety of shoulder issues and will go into more detail on each below.
Rotator cuff tears are one of the most common shoulder injuries. At our orthopedic center, we offer a variety of non-invasive treatment options for torn rotator cuffs. This injury can make routine tasks like getting dressed difficult and painful, which is why it’s essential to address the pain and get your life back. Often, we can treat the issue by suggesting ways to modify your daily activities or prescribe anti-inflammatory medication. Physical therapy can improve the discomfort. In severe cases, we may have to resort to surgical options to repair the torn rotator cuff surgically.
A should sprain can occur when you stretch a ligament in your shoulder too far or tear it. Ligaments are the tough tissues that connect bones. You may sprain your shoulder while playing sports or due to a fall. The injury can cause pain that could worsen if you don’t take the proper precautions or get the right treatment. Our team can treat shoulder strains at our Houston and Spring, TX, locations, helping you get back to your daily life.
There are some instances in which your shoulder pain cannot be relieved without the use of surgery. In these more severe circumstances, our doctors may recommend that you have shoulder joint replacement surgery. This surgery replaces damaged portions of your shoulder joint with artificial components. After replacement surgery, you’ll be able to get back to the daily activities that your pain was keeping you from doing. Our skilled orthopedic surgeon will explain the entire process to you to prepare for the procedure and the recovery process.
Shoulder impingement can occur when the shoulder blade puts pressure on the rotator cuff as you lift your arm. This pressure can cause pain and discomfort when you move your arm upward. In many cases, we can help solve this issue with noninvasive options like activity modification, anti-inflammatory medication, or physical therapy. If these treatments do not reduce your discomfort to a livable level, we can also consider surgical options.
Suppose you suffer from recurrent instability in your shoulder. In that case, it cannot only affect your quality of life. Still, it can eventually take a more considerable toll on your health. When your shoulder repeatedly comes out of the socket, it can begin to cause the socket to wear away. KSF Orthopaedic Center has a treatment to help correct this issue. Our surgeon, Dr. Michael S. George, is one of the few surgeons in the country with the experience and expertise needed to perform arthroscopic latarjet procedures to reconstruct the shoulder socket’s damaged portions.
The Different Parts of the Shoulder Joint
The shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint held together by several muscles, tendons, and ligaments. An injury to any one of the components that make up the joint can result in pain and reduce the range of motion. Some of the most common injuries of the shoulder occur to the connective tissues, including:
- Rotator Cuff: The rotator cuff comprises four muscles connected to the shoulder blade and work to rotate the shoulder. As many athletes have discovered, there are several ways these four muscles are possibly injured.
- Bursa: This is a small fluid-filled sac located between the rotator cuff and acromion. It is not uncommon for the bursa to suffer inflammation, also known as bursitis, which can be very painful.
- Labrum: This labrum is a pocket of soft tissue that acts to stabilize the ball in the socket while also serving as the bicep tendon’s attachment. This tissue can tear when the shoulder is dislocated.
Dr. Stewart Michael Dean is one of our board-certified orthopedic surgeons. During his time attending medical school at the University of Texas at Houston, he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the Medical Honor Society. Following graduation, Dr. Dean completed a five-year residency at the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio. He chose orthopedic surgery due to his interest in medicine and his desire to use his hands in his work. “I’ve always been active in sports,” Dr. Dean says. “I played football in high school and college and was lucky enough not to have any major injury. I enjoy taking care of people who are active and trying to get them back to full activities. Orthopedic surgery allows me to use my knowledge and hands to help patients get better.”
Dr. Michael George is one of our board-certified orthopedic surgeons. He attended Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, where he played linebacker on the football team and graduated magna cum laude. Dr. George also earned his medical degree from the same university, later completing his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Cincinnati. He received additional training in orthopedic sports medicine and shoulder surgery during a fellowship with Vanderbilt University, gaining advanced shoulder and knee surgery experience. Dr. George was one of Houston’s first doctors to earn the subspecialty certification in Orthopedic Sports Medicine.
Some of Dr. George’s specialties include orthopedic surgery, advanced arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair and shoulder stabilization, distal biceps tendon repair, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and multi-ligament knee reconstruction, total shoulder and total knee replacement. He can see patients at both the Willowbrook and Springwoods Village office locations in Houston.