Shoulder Injuries and Surgery
Midtown Sports Medicine
Dr. Eric Furie Dr. Eric Furie

Dealing With Shoulder Pain

What are some of the most common causes of shoulder pain?
Shoulder pain can be caused by numerous factors, both traumatic and atraumatic. Traumatic causes of shoulder pain include direct blows that are common in contact sports as well as motor vehicle collisions. Atraumatic injuries usually occur from overuse and overhead activities, and include rotator cuff tendonitis, rotator cuff tears, biceps tendonitis, impingement syndrome and arthritis.

 

When do you need to see a doctor about shoulder pain?
Shoulder injuries need to be evaluated as soon as possible when related to trauma, or when recovery does not occur from simple rest in the overuse situation.

 

How is shoulder pain treated?
Although each case has to be evaluated separately, many causes of shoulder pain can be treated with a change in workplace ergonomics, a training regimen that includes a stretching and strengthening program, and by taking anti-inflammatory medication.

 

How do you determine when surgery is necessary?
After examining the patient and reviewing the pertinent studies (often including x-ray and MRI), a doctor can determine the benefits and risks of surgery. In the case of fractures and arthritis, repair of the bone with plates and screws or replacement of the joint with metal and plastic offers fast relief of pain.

What does shoulder anthroscopy entail?
Shoulder arthroscopy is a technique used to visualize and treat shoulder injuries in the operating room through very small incisions. Rotator cuff and labral tears can both be treated arthroscopically on an outpatient basis.

How long is the recovery time after 
shoulder replacement surgery?
Recovery from shoulder surgery is highly dependent on the procedure performed. Recovery from a procedure performed to treat rotator cuff tendonitis may only take two to four weeks, while recovery from certain rotator cuff repairs and shoulder replacements may take two to four months. Each case has to be evaluated based on the injury, and the patient’s underlying health status.

Dr. Eric Furie is an orthopaedic surgeon at Midtown Sports Medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons (ABOS) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). He has served as Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Atlanta Medical Center where he is currently teaching orthopaedic residents.

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