KSF Orthopaedics Treats Shoulder Sprains & Other Injuries
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 suffered 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 a variety of 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.
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 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 nonsurgical options first. There are many nonsurgical treatments that can greatly 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 noninvasive treatment options for torn rotator cuffs. This injury can make normal tasks like getting dressed difficult and painful, which is why it’s important to address the pain and get your life back. Often, we can treat the issue by suggesting ways in which you can modify your daily activities or prescribing an anti-inflammatory medication. The pain can also be improved through physical therapy. In severe cases, we may have to resort to surgical options to surgically repair the torn rotator cuff.
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 together. 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 serious 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, so you can be fully prepared for the procedure and the recovery process.
A shoulder impingement can occur when the shoulder blade puts pressure on the rotator cuff as you lift your arm. This 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.
If you suffer from recurrent instability in your shoulder, it cannot only affect your quality of life, but can eventually take a larger 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 damaged portions of the shoulder socket.
The Different Parts of the Shoulder Joint
The shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint which is held together by a number of muscles, tendons, and ligaments. An injury to any one of the components that make up the joint can result in pain and a reduction in range of motion. Some of the most common injuries of the shoulder occur to the connective tissues, including:
- Rotator Cuff: The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles that are connected to the shoulder blade and work to rotate the shoulder. As many athletes have discovered, these four muscles can be injured in a variety of ways.
- Bursa: This small fluid-filled sac is 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 attachment for the bicep tendon. This tissue can be torn 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, he completed a five-year residency in 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. He 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 Vanderbuilt University, gaining experience in advanced shoulder and knee surgery. Dr. George was one of the first doctors in Houston 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, arthroscopic shoulder stabilization, distal biceps tendon repair, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, multi-ligament knee reconstruction, total shoulder replacement, and total knee replacement. He can see patients at both the Willowbrook and Springwoods Village office locations in Houston.