Orthopedic Resources
Shoulder Quiz
A glenoid labral tear and a torn rotator cuff are just two common injuries that can happen with the shoulder. Can you think of others? Find out how much you know about shoulders by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.
Shoulder Arthritis and Replacement
Although used less commonly than knee or hip replacement, shoulder replacement surgery removes diseased or damaged bone in the shoulder and replaces it with an artificial joint. If arthritis pain is unrelieved by other methods, you may need replacement surgery. Learn how the shoulder works and what to expect in replacement surgery.
Shoulder and Elbow
Common Injuries of the Shoulder
The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body, but because of this flexibility, it is not very stable and is easily injured.
Shoulder Dislocation
A dislocated shoulder means the upper arm bone called the humerus has moved out of the shoulder joint. It can cause pain, swelling, numbness and difficulty moving the shoulder.
Shoulder Tendonitis
Tendonitis of your shoulder is an inflammation of your rotator cuff or biceps tendon. Your rotator cuff consists of the muscles and tendons in your shoulder. They connect your upper arm bone to your shoulder blade.
Rotator Cuff Injury
Your rotator cuff allows you to life your arms and reach upward. The rotator cuff is at risk for injury or degeneration due to repetitive activities. Rest, strengthening and stretching exercises and other therapies can help treat a rotator cuff injury.
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Cubital tunnel syndrome happens when the ulnar nerve, which passes through the inside of the elbow, is injured and becomes inflamed, swollen, and irritated.The pain of cubital tunnel syndrome feels like the pain you feel when you hit your "funny bone."
Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is swelling of the tendons that bend your wrist backward away from your palm. It often develops from the force of the tennis racket hitting balls in the backhand position. It can also develop from other repetitive movements.
Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer's and Baseball Elbow)
Other activities that can cause this condition include carrying a heavy suitcase, chopping wood, and using a chainsaw.
Burners and Stingers Syndrome in Children
Burners and stingers syndrome is a type of sports injury. It is a pain in the shoulder or neck that causes a burning or stinging feeling down an arm to the hand.
Shoulder Separation
When you have a shoulder separation injury, trauma damages the ligaments surrounding your acromioclavicular (AC) joint. This is where your collarbone (clavicle) meets your shoulder blade (scapula). If your injury is severe, part of your shoulder blade actually separates from your collarbone.
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Did You Know?

The shoulder has the widest range of movement of any joint in the body. It's also one of the most unstable, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Common shoulder problems include sprains, strains, dislocations, separations, tendonitis, bursitis, torn rotator cuffs and frozen shoulder.

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