As west Alabama resident's active lifestyles continue to abound, so do the incidence of musculoskeletal problems. Among the most commonly affected joints is the shoulder and elbow. Due to anatomic and physiologic changes related to the aging process, the shoulder is among the more common joints affected by active lifestyles. The symptoms of pain and soreness can be the same, whether the problem is related to an "old" injury or degenerative conditions such as arthritis. Initially, pain may limit usage, but can progress to pain at rest and at night.
Treatment options for shoulder, elbow and upper extremity pain during the early stages easily include non-surgical options along with physical therapy. More resistant pain symptoms may lead to further diagnostic testing by MRI. When surgery is recommended, new advances in technique which allow for surgical repairs with minimal incisions, combined with physical therapy, for a much quicker recovery time than in the past.
Our Board-Certified Orthopaedic Elbow & Shoulder Surgeons have extensive expertise in the treatment of most shoulder, elbow and upper extremity ailments. Patients no longer must suffer severe pain and limit many daily activities. The physicians at University Orthopaedic Clinic & Spine Center have the training, experience, and expertise to perform non-surgical and surgical treatments, including: