If your pitching arm is out of commission because of shoulder pain in Fremont, Mission Peak Orthopaedic Medical Group is the place to come for individualized, comprehensive care. We are a growing multi-specialty clinic in the Southeast Bay Area dedicated to musculoskeletal care. With origins in sports medicine and arthroscopy, we are a team of fellowship-trained physicians specializing in orthopaedic surgery, podiatry, and physical medicine & rehabilitation. We are dedicated to serving our community with the most advanced care.
One reason for shoulder pain is damage to the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and four muscles that connect the upper arm bone, the humerus, to the shoulder blade. Their function is to stabilize the shoulder by keeping it within the socket and help to lift and rotate the arm. When a rotator cuff tear occurs, there can be a lot of pain and/or limited motion. Damage to the rotator cuff is a common source of pain and disability in adults. The treatment for shoulder pain in Fremont is determined by which of the most common problems of shoulder pain – tears, strains, tendinitis, and bursitis – is the cause of your discomfort. In the case of a torn rotator cuff, one or more of the rotator cuff tendons are no longer fully attached to the head of the humerus. A rotator cuff tear can happen as a result of a single traumatic event or can develop gradually as a due to repeated micro-traumas. An acute tear occurs abruptly as the result of a fall, lifting a heavy object with a jerking motion, or along with other injuries sustained in an accident such as a broken collarbone and dislocated shoulder. Acute tears are typically accompanied by immediate and intense pain. Most rotator cuff tears fall into the category of degenerative tears. These are a result of overuse and repeated rotator cuff injury due to straining or irritating the tendons. While degenerative changes to the rotator cuff occurs naturally with age, some occupations and hobbies that involve repetitive stress put one at greater risk for rotator cuff tears.
Arthroscopic repair for rotator cuff injuries and tears is a specialty of the Mission Peak Orthopaedics doctors to treat shoulder pain in Fremont. A small incision, about the size of a grain of rice, is made and a scope with a camera on the end is passed into your shoulder joint. The doctor is able to move the scope around the joint as images are relayed to a large screen. This accessibility helps avoid larger incisions and trauma within the joint. Surgical tools also use the same access site and repair the damage. Recovery is faster than traditional, open surgery, the scar is much smaller, and post-operative discomfort is minimal. So if you have shoulder pain and need a skilled surgeon, come in for an appointment.