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Shoulder Care

The shoulder joint has the greatest range of motion compared to any other joint in the body. The shoulder is critical for people whose work depends heavily on its function and strength.

The tendons in the shoulder that allow this vast mobility of the joint can become inflamed, tear and affect the surrounding bones causing pain and discomfort. Your pain may be constant or only when performing a repetitive motion, but your pain story is critical to providing the information we need to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate. Sideline Orthopedics are experts in shoulder care with specialized training in minimally invasive arthroscopic treatment of the joint. Starting with a complete evaluation, followed by diagnosis and treatment (possibly including surgery and/or physical therapy). Sideline Orthopedics is dedicated to returning your full range of motion so you can enjoy life. Do not waste another minute on the sideline, contact Sideline Orthopedics today where we are ready to help you get back in the game.

Our team has specialized fellowship training in minimally invasive arthroscopic treatment of the shoulder.

Shoulder Care Services:

When the proximal tendons become inflamed or irritated from overuse, you become vulnerable to a condition known as biceps tendonitis. With biceps tendonitis, it can hurt just to move your arm. The good news is: most cases heal on their own with rest and medication.


Osteoarthritis is a progressive degeneration of the joint. It results when the protective surface (cartilage) that allows the joint to move smoothly is damaged. Over time, this cartilage is worn away affecting the adjacent bones by allowing them to rub together. This results in pain and stiffness. Dr. Bart Eastwood of Sideline Orthopedics has specialized fellowship training in minimally invasive arthroscopic treatment of the shoulder joint.


The acromioclavicular joint, also known as the AC joint, is located at the top of the shoulder where the clavicle meets the top part of the shoulder blade. This location is a common area to have osteoarthritis. It causes pain when swinging a golf club and putting on a seat belt. The motion of the arm reaching across the body becomes difficult with acromioclavicular osteoarthritis.


An acromioclavicular (AC) joint separation is also known as the separation of the collarbone from the shoulder blade. The collarbone (clavicle) and the shoulder blade (scapula) come together to form the socket that holds the ball of the upper arm bone (humerus).


The rotator cuff is a collection of four tendons and muscles that gather around the shoulder joint at the top of the upper arm bone. As the tendons come together, they form a “cuff”’ that holds your arm in place and allows it to move in multiple directions. Athletes are slightly more prone to rotator cuff tears, especially baseball players, swimmers, tennis players and football players. However, it is also possible to injure or tear the rotator cuff by falling on your shoulder, using your arms to break a fall or lifting heavy weights.


A labral tear can cause pain and a catching sensation in the shoulder. Labral tears can be very difficult to diagnose, as they are not easily detectable on imaging data such as X-ray, MRI or CT scans. Arthroscopy, the surgical use of a small camera, is the most accurate way to determine a labral tear and its severity.


Shoulder labral tears are a common injury in throwing athletes, but can commonly occur in patients with wear and tear,  who have fallen, or  who have received traumatic injury or a blow to the shoulder. Aging may weaken the labrum leading to an injury. A shoulder labral tear injury may cause symptoms such as pain, a catching or locking sensation, decreased range of motion and joint instability.


A common cause of shoulder pain in young, active individuals involved in sports is an underlying instability. Shoulder instability is an increased or abnormal sliding in the shoulder joint. Shoulder instability is a common disorder in athletes who throw, football players, swimmers and weightlifters.



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