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  • Returning to Activity After a Clavicle Fracture

    Returning to Activity After a Clavicle Fracture

    A common question I hear when evaluating a patient with a clavicle fracture is: When can I return to full activity? In recent years, there has been an increasing trend toward plate fixation of displaced mid-shaft clavicle fractures.

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  • How Young is Too Young for a Reverse Shoulder Replacement?

    How Young is Too Young for a Reverse Shoulder Replacement?

    The reverse shoulder replacement originally developed in France and was approved by the FDA in the United States in 2004. Since that time there has been an explosion in the use of reverse shoulder replacement.

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  • Double-row or Single-row Rotator Cuff Repair: Which is Best?

    Double-row or Single-row Rotator Cuff Repair: Which is Best?

    There is currently a lot of controversy about the best type of rotator cuff repair, particularly with regard to whether the repair is single-row or double-row. In a single-row repair, anchors are placed in the humeral bone in a single line or row (typically 2 anchors) and sutures are passed through the rotator cuff and tied to bring the tendon down to bone and promote healing.

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  • Shoulder Dislocation: Repair or Rehab?

    Shoulder Dislocation: Repair or Rehab?

    Historically, it was recommended that shoulder dislocations should be treated with rehabilitation (therapy) alone unless a patient had multiple recurrent dislocations. However, several studies in the past decade have changed the approach to treatment....

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  • Does the Location of a Rotator Cuff Tear Affect Treatment?

    Does the Location of a Rotator Cuff Tear Affect Treatment?

    The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that come together to form a covering around the head of the humerus. Tears can occur in one or more of areas of the rotator cuff, but does treatment vary depending on the location of the tear? Yes it does.

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  • Does Surgeon Experience Affect Outcomes of Shoulder Surgery?

    Does Surgeon Experience Affect Outcomes of Shoulder Surgery?

    In recent years, there has been an increasing trend toward sub-specialization. In order to become an orthopaedic surgeon, for instance, one completes 4 years of medical school, followed by a 5 to 6 year residency program. In the past, most surgeons would then enter practice as a “generalist” and treat conditions all over the body such as foot problems, hand problems, hip problems, and shoulder problems.

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  • All About Rotator Cuff Tears

    All About Rotator Cuff Tears

    Most people have heard of the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is group of 4 shoulder muscles (subscapularis, supraspinatus, infraspinatus, and teres minor) that surround the ball and socket (glenohumeral) joint (Figure 1). The rotator cuff helps the shoulder move and provides stability to the ball and socket joint.

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  • Do Rotator Cuff Tears Heal Themselves?

    Do Rotator Cuff Tears Heal Themselves?

    The natural history of a condition refers to the process that occurs when a condition is left untreated. With rotator cuff tears understanding the natural history is important for the patient to determine his or her ideal treatment, whether that…

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  • Here is How Shoulder Pain Affects Quality of Life

    Here is How Shoulder Pain Affects Quality of Life

    Most people will have shoulder pain at some point in their life. Fortunately, the majority of this is short-lived. However, some people will have chronic shoulder pain that lasts for months or years. As these individuals will likely attest, chronic shoulder pain can have a substantial impact on one’s mood, sleep, and quality of life.

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  • Which Has Better Results: Total Shoulder Arthroplasty or Hemiarthroplasty?

    Which Has Better Results: Total Shoulder Arthroplasty or Hemiarthroplasty?

    As with advanced hip and knee arthritis, joint replacement (arthroplasty) is an option for patients who have continued pain and limited mobility despite non-operative treatment. In the United States shoulder arthroplasty is the 3rd most common joint replacement behind knee and hip replacement.

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