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Shoulder

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Normal anatomy of the shoulder joint

The shoulder is a ball and socket joint. The head of the humerus articulates with the glenoid socket; part of the scapula.  The glenoid is smaller than the humeral head which allows a great range of movement but does make it to prone to instability.

 


Rotator Cuff Tear

Rotator cuff refers to the group of tendons in the shoulder joint which provides support and enables the arm to complete a wide range of motion. Injury to these tendons may result in a tear of these tendons and the condition is called a rotator cuff tear. It is treated by either rest, physio injections or can require surgery.

Shoulder Impingement (swimmer’s shoulder, tennis shoulder, rotator cuff tendinitis)

Shoulder impingement also commonly referred to as swimmer’s shoulder, tennis shoulder, or rotator cuff tendinitis is caused by an inflammation of the tendons in the shoulder joint. Common causes are motor vehicle accidents, trauma, or playing sports such as tennis, baseball, swimming and weightlifting. This is treated by either rest, physio injections or can require surgery.

 

Our shoulder procedures:

 

Shoulder Arthroscopy

Shoulder arthroscopy is a surgical procedure in which an arthroscope is inserted into the shoulder joint. The benefits of arthroscopy are smaller incisions, faster healing, a more rapid recovery, and less scarring. Arthroscopic surgical procedures are often performed on an outpatient basis and the patient is able to return home on the same day.


Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive capsulitis)

Frozen shoulder is the condition of painful shoulder limiting the movements because of pain and inflammation. It is also called as adhesive capsulitis and may progress to the state where an individual may feel very hard to move the shoulder. The initial treatment approach is conservative through physiotherapy, then injections and only if no positive response is surgery considered.

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Our specialist elbow surgeons are:

 
  Dr Chris Roberts  MB BS, FRACS, FAOrthA

Dr Chris Roberts
MB BS, FRACS, FAOrthA

Dr Roberts graduated with Honours from the University of Sydney in 1982. He completed his advanced Orthopaedic training in Sydney.

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  Dr Igor Policinski  MD FRACS(Ortho), FAOrthA

Dr Igor Policinski
MD FRACS(Ortho), FAOrthA

Dr Igor Policinski specialises in orthopaedic conditions of the Hand, Wrist, Elbow and Shoulder.

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  Dr Nicholas Tsai  MB BS, FRACS(Orth)

Dr Nicholas Tsai
MB BS, FRACS(Orth)

A graduate of the University of Sydney Dr Nicholas Tsai did his internship and residency in Westmead Hospital. 

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