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Bursitis of the Shoulder (Subacromial Bursitis)

This is a swelling of a fluid-filled sac called the "subacromial bursa." It's in the shoulder, between a bony protrusion called the "acromion" and the rotator cuff. You have similar sacs near other large joints throughout your body. They act as cushions between your bones and your soft tissue. Normally they have a small amount of fluid inside them. But sometimes they can swell. We call that "bursitis."



Osteoarthritis of the Shoulder

Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative arthritis, is a gradual breakdown of cartilage in the joints. Cartilage is a tough, flexible connective tissue that protects the ends of bones in the joints. Osteoarthritis of the shoulder can severely impact a person's lifestyle.



Rotator Cuff Tear

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons in each shoulder. It holds your upper arm bone in your shoulder socket. It keeps your arm stable while allowing it to lift and rotate. Too much stress on the rotator cuff can cause a tear. This can be a painful injury.



SLAP Tear (Superior Labrum from Anterior to Posterior Tear)

This is a shoulder injury. It's a tear of the labrum. That's a ring of cartilage that surrounds the shoulder socket and helps hold the head of the humerus in place. This type of tear happens where the biceps tendon attaches to the labrum.



At Tidewater Orthopaedics, our specialty-trained shoulder doctors are experts in assessing, diagnosing, and treating shoulder injuries and conditions.

The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint, comprised of a system of muscles and ligaments connecting the clavicle (collar bone), scapula (shoulder blade), and humerus (upper arm bone).

It is the most versatile joint with the widest range of motion in the human body, and its complex structure allows for a tremendous amount of flexibility. However, this wide range of motion also introduces an increased vulnerability to injury.

Typically, shoulder pain can be identified as the result of one of four root causes: instability, arthritis, inflammation, or fractures.

Shoulder instability occurs when the shoulder joint becomes dislocated (the head of the humerus is forced out of the socket). Whether the result of a sudden injury or from overuse, each time the shoulder is dislocated the ligaments are stretched, making the shoulder increasingly more susceptible to repeat episodes.

Shoulder arthritis is the result of wear-and-tear of the cartilage within the shoulder joint. When the layer of cartilage within the shoulder joint wears away, the bones being to rub against one another, causing inflammation and discomfort.

Shoulder inflammation, often regarded as shoulder bursitis, can be considered an overuse injury. Inflammation of the shoulder is characterized by swelling of the bursa between the rotator cuff and the top of the scapula. Overuse (excessive or repetitive motions) of the shoulder is generally the cause of shoulder inflammation.

Shoulder fractures are the result of traumatic incidents, such as an automobile accident or other traumatic blow to the joint. Most commonly affecting the clavicle, scapula, and upper humerus, shoulder fractures often do not require surgery.

It may be time to seek treatment with a shoulder specialist if you are experiencing the following symptoms of a shoulder condition or injury:

  • Shoulder pain and stiffness
  • Limited range of motion
  • Inability to reach overhead without pain
  • Shoulder pain that disrupts sleep or keeps you awake at night
  • A popping or grinding sensation when using the afflicted shoulder

Shoulder pain can disrupt your lifestyle and significantly reduce your quality of life. So whether you’re suffering from a recent injury, such as a rotator cuff tear, or from chronic pain, such as shoulder arthritis, our shoulder doctors at Tidewater Orthopaedics understand the urgency behind your desire for pain relief.

At Tidewater Orthopaedics, our shoulder doctors are committed to developing customized treatment plans to accommodate your individual condition and get you back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.

To consult with a shoulder doctor at Tidewater Orthopaedics, please request an appointment online or call (757) 827-2480.

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Why choose Tidewater Orthopaedics?

With years of experience and advanced training devoted to the orthopaedic care of the shoulder, our esteemed shoulder specialists at Tidewater Orthopaedics are unparalleled experts in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating shoulder injuries and conditions.

Our shoulder doctors, Dr. Colin Kingston, Dr. John McCarthy III, Dr. Loel Payne, and Dr. Nicholas Sablan, have the knowledge, proficiency, and skill to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your shoulder injury or condition so you can get back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.

To consult with a Tidewater Orthopaedics shoulder doctor, please request an appointment online or call (757) 827-2480.