Orthopedic Shoulder Treatment in Northern Michigan


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Reverse Shoulder Replacement

In addition to standard shoulder joint replacements, orthopedic surgeons also perform reverse shoulder replacements, which may be used in situations where the shoulder has more extensive damage or if a previous shoulder replacement has failed. The procedure reverses the normal ball and socket mechanics, allowing patients to use the deltoid muscle to lift their arm.

Rotator Cuff Repairs

The rotator cuff is made up of muscles and tendons that hold the shoulder in place. It is one of the most important parts of the shoulder. It allows you to lift your arm and reach up. An injury to the rotator cuff, such as a tear, may happen suddenly when falling on an outstretched hand or develop over time due to repetitive activities. Rotator cuff degeneration and tears may also be caused by aging.

If your rotator cuff is injured, you may need to repair it surgically. Surgical techniques that may be used to repair a tear of the rotator cuff include arthroscopy, open surgery, or a combination of both. The goal of rotator cuff repair surgery is to help restore the function and flexibility of the shoulder and to relieve the pain that can’t be controlled by other treatments.

Shoulder Arthroscopy

Your shoulders are your body’s most flexible joint, allowing the arm to move in almost any direction. With this flexibility comes the risk for injury. If you have a shoulder problem, a surgical procedure called arthroscopy may be able to help. Arthroscopy is much less invasive than open surgery and recovery is often shorter and less painful. 

Shoulder Joint Replacement

While less common than a hip or knee replacement, a shoulder joint replacement is a successful surgical method to relieve pain from injury or conditions such as arthritis.

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Are you suffering from a sore or stiff shoulder? It could stem from one of these five common shoulder conditions. Find out what could be the source of your symptoms and what to do next in this article featuring Matthew Dubiel, MD, an orthopedic expert at Munson Orthopedic Institute.


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