Shoulder Injury Treatments Offered in Reno, NV
The team at Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic’s Reno, Nevada, location understands the devastating impact that a shoulder injury can have on your daily life. The pain resulting from a shoulder injury can often radiate into nearby extremities, such as your arm or neck, making it nearly impossible to perform many of your routine activities.
While we generally recommend that shoulder injury patients first pursue a conservative course of treatment before turning to surgery, there are some cases where surgery is necessary. If you do require surgery for your shoulder injury, you can rest assured that the skilled team at our Reno, NV, facility has the skills and experience necessary to perform the following procedures, along with many others:
- Fracture repair — If your fracture is severe, we can perform surgery to correct the issue; less severe fractures may be treated by immobilizing the area.
- Dislocation repair — If you’ve dislocated your shoulder – a common shoulder injury – we can perform a closed reduction where we gently ease your upper arm bone back into its socket. If necessary, we can also perform surgery to realign the bones or tighten the nearby tendons.
- Ligament reconstruction — Injuring or overstretching the ligaments surrounding your shoulder joint can cause pain and decreased range of motion, and can ultimately increase your risk of dislocating your shoulder. We can reconstruct the affected ligaments by reattaching them to the nearby bones, or by repairing or replacing them using hardware or a graft.
- Rotator cuff repair — If your rotator cuff is torn, we can perform surgery to repair the tear and re-attach the tendon to your upper arm bone (or, if the tear is less severe, to smooth or trim the tendon), with the goal of relieving your pain and also increasing your strength and range of motion. During the procedure, we may also remove bone spurs and other debris from the area to create additional space around the tendon.
- Conventional shoulder joint replacement — We can treat shoulder joint degeneration (commonly caused by osteoarthritis) by replacing the end of your upper arm bone with an artificial ball and/or replacing the end of your shoulder bone with an artificial cup.
- Reverse shoulder joint replacement — For certain patients (such as those who have an irreparable torn rotator cuff or those who have developed cuff tear arthropathy), performing a conventional shoulder joint replacement could cause them additional pain or decrease their range of motion. In these cases, we may be able to instead treat a shoulder injury using a reverse shoulder joint replacement. Unlike with a conventional replacement, in which we would replace the end of your upper arm bone with a ball and/or the end of your shoulder bone with a cup, when we perform a reverse replacement, we would attach the ball to your shoulder bone and the cup to your upper arm bone.
We can also perform some of the above shoulder injury procedures arthroscopically, meaning that we can perform the surgeries using thinner instruments, guided by a small camera (an “arthroscope”). This minimally invasive method can be very beneficial for certain shoulder injury patients, as it generally results in smaller incisions, fewer complications, less pain, and a shorter recovery time.
If you’ve sustained a shoulder injury, please contact us so that we can schedule a time for you to meet with the team at our Reno, NV, office. We would love to help you determine the best course of treatment for your shoulder injury and restore your quality of life.