Chronic shoulder pain can make simple daily tasks challenging, such as reaching for your coffee mug in an overhead cupboard. It can interfere with your social life and put a wrench in sports and physical activities.
As you age, you’re more likely to experience shoulder problems. Sports such as tennis, softball, baseball, and volleyball put you at risk for a variety of shoulder issues such as tendinitis, rotator cuff tears, and superior labrum anterior and posterior (SLAP) tears.
If chronic shoulder pain is affecting your daily life, arthroscopic surgery may be the solution to bring you relief and get you back to your life.
Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Cary B. Chapman of Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York offers rapid diagnosis and comprehensive treatment to relieve shoulder pain and restore as much function as possible.
Arthroscopy represents the latest advancement in orthopedic surgery. Here our experts discuss how this minimally invasive option can help you get relief.
Why do I have shoulder pain?
Most people don’t give their shoulders much thought until they experience sudden pain.
The shoulder is a complex joint made up of tendons, ligaments, and muscles. It enables you to enjoy a wide range of motion, whether you’re brushing your hair or throwing a ball. The shoulder helps you lift, twist, reach, push, and pull.
To provide this vast range of motion, your shoulders are composed of ball-and-socket joints. Unfortunately, the same mechanics that enable versatility in your movement make the shoulder vulnerable to injury and degenerative diseases, including:
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Chronic bursitis
- Labral tears
These conditions can result from repetitive use or acute injury. Regardless of the cause, the experienced team here at Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York addresses the root cause of your pain and works with you to relieve discomfort.
How can arthroscopy relieve my chronic shoulder pain?
Arthroscopy offers a way to diagnose and repair your shoulder pain in one surgical session — while preserving surrounding tissues.
Detecting the exact cause of shoulder pain from imaging studies such as X-rays, MRI scans, and CT scans is often challenging. Arthroscopic surgery allows Dr. Chapman to see the injured area from the inside, at the source, for an accurate diagnosis.
After making a small incision, he inserts a small, powerful camera (endoscope) into the shoulder joint. This allows Dr. Chapman to see the exact nature and extent of the damage. With this visualization, he can take an effective repair approach.
Once Dr. Chapman diagnoses the cause of your pain, he can often treat the problem immediately. Using the camera to guide his actions, he makes a second small incision to perform the repairs to your shoulder.
Arthroscopic surgery can effectively:
- Repair tears
- Fix damaged cartilage
- Repair ligaments
- Remove bone spurs
- Repair dislocations
Still, arthroscopy for shoulder pain is more than just a useful diagnostic and reparative tool.
Advantages of choosing arthroscopy for shoulder pain
In addition to smaller incisions, arthroscopic shoulder surgery offers benefits that include:
- Faster recovery time
- Less blood loss
- Less tissue damage
- Reduced infection risk
- Less discomfort during recovery
To learn more about how arthroscopic surgery can help you put shoulder pain in your rearview mirror, contact Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Consultants of New York at the office on Manhattan’s Upper East Side or on Staten Island.
Call to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Chapman or request an appointment online now. You can also send a message to the team here on our website.