What is Shoulder & Elbow Pain?

  • Injured joints are the most frequent cause
  • Can limit mobility and quality of life
  • Minimally invasive surgery is often the treatment of choice

Shoulder and elbow injuries often occur while playing sports or participating in “weekend warrior” activities. Tears of muscles, ligaments or tendons, pulls, dislocations, inflammation, arthritis and fractures can inhibit or completely impede movement of the shoulder and elbow joints. Individuals who experience issues with their shoulder or elbow are often sidelined from completing daily activities. Lumin OrthoCARE shoulder and elbow specialists have treated thousands of patients using conservative and minimally-invasive surgical techniques.

Our Treatment Approach

At Lumin OrthoCARE we always investigate conservative treatment first. Exercise, therapy, over-the-counter pain medications, anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxers, ice packs and moist heat are some examples of conservative treatment. If the most conservative approaches are not effective in relieving pain, our pain specialists may recommend injections to block the pain and reduce inflammation. In the event conservative treatment is not the best course of action, Lumin OrthoCARE neck and back specialists are experts in a variety of minimally-invasive surgical techniques enabling patients to recovery faster and with less pain.

Causes

  • Shoulder instability or dislocation
  • Bursitis
  • Separation or sprain
  • Tendonitis
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Frozen shoulder adhesive capsulitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Nerve entrapment
  • Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Medial epicondylitis (golfer’s or baseball elbow)

Symptoms

  • Pain or weakness of the arm
  • Feeling of looseness
  • Misshapen shoulder
  • Difficulty sleeping on the injured side
  • Stiffness
  • Limited range of motion
  • Pain and numbness in the hand, ring finger and little finger
  • Pain on the outside or inside of the elbow
  • Painful clicking or locking of the elbow

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