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Biceps Tendon Tear

The biceps muscle is located between the shoulder and elbow. If torn, the tendons do not necessarily start to heal on their own. If the injury is not treated within two or three weeks of the injury, the muscle will begin to shorten and scar.

Arthroscopic surgery is a common method for treating a biceps tear. Needing only a tiny incision in the forearm, a surgeon will insert a small camera and arthroscopic surgical instruments. The surgeon can then remove any damaged tissue and reattach the torn tendons.

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Bursitis

Bursae are small fluid-filled sacs between bones and soft tissues which act as cushions and reduce friction. Bursitis denotes inflammation of the soft tissues, which usually results in pain. Patients suffering from shoulder bursitis may experience a pinching sensation in the shoulder, which could limit range of motion. If untreated, this injury can result in a torn rotator cuff, which generally requires surgery.

At West Medical, Bursitis can be treated with a minimally invasive procedure. Treatment is dependent on the cause of the injury, usually either overuse, injury or infection. Your doctor may administer anti-inflammatories, in rare cases surgery is required. Doctors use a tiny camera and evaluate the injury, locating the area in need of drainage.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Of The Elbow

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is an ailment that affects the nerve connecting the forearm, through the wrist, and to the fingers. Often, carpal tunnel syndrome is the result of extended and uninterrupted typing or wrist movement. Carpal tunnel syndrome of the elbow is an incredibly uncomfortable and cumbersome ailment, but treatment and healing is possible so that your health and quality of life is restored.

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Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital tunnel syndrome is caused by a pinching or other trapping of the ulnar nerve. When the pinching occurs at the elbow, it is called cubital tunnel syndrome.

Surgery may be required in cases where the nerve is extremely compressed or there if the muscle tissue is compromised. There are three common treatment options: Cubital tunnel release, ulnar nerve anterior transposition, and medial epicondylectomy. For details on each, click “read more”.

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Dislocated Elbow

Elbow dislocations are common injuries, especially in athletes and small children. Luckily, most dislocated elbows can be realigned without any surgical methods necessary and sufferers recover relatively quickly. However, it is important to see a physician immediately if your elbow has become dislocated to avoid further complications and injury.

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Dislocated Shoulder

A shoulder may become dislocated as a result of an injury that forces the top of the arm bone out of its socket. Shoulder dislocations may be partial or full, both requiring immediate medical attention to prevent further injury.

Your doctor will perform an examination and order imaging to determine the extent of your injury. If your injury may have compromised the surrounding tissue additional scans may be required. In many cases, a dislocation only need be adjusted back into position. Your doctor can perform this quick procedure, which should alleviate most of the discomfort. With severe cases, surrounding nerves and tissue damage may require additional treatment or surgery.

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Distal Biceps Tendon Rupture

Tendon tears or ruptures in the distal biceps are frequently the result of sudden injury and occur mostly in men over thirty. The distal bicep tear is accompanied by a popping sound at the elbow, followed by intense pain that ultimately subsides.

The physicians and orthopedic specialists at West Medical have treated numerous cases of distal bicep tendon ruptures and provide efficient and comprehensive care for those injured. A member of our West Medical team can guide you through your treatment options and ensure you receive the most optimal care.

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Elbow Ligament Tear

The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) runs along the arm and elbow. A tear of this ligament usually results from a serious injury, though sprains are common due to overuse.

If the ligament injury is not severe, surgery may be avoided. Treatment would involve the use of anti-inflammatories, ice and rest. Should the ligament be torn or severely injured, reconstruction or reattachment of the UCL may be done through surgical means.

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Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder is an affliction common in patients ages 40-60, and those whose shoulders have had limited mobility following an injury. Common symptoms include stiffness, restricted movement, and pain.

Physical therapy and NSAID medication are treatment options in most cases. In rare cases, the frozen joint may require surgery to regain function. In either case, frozen shoulder is a treatable condition though proper medical care is required for a full recovery.

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Proximal Bicep Tendon Rupture

Shoulder surgery is used in the treatment of rotator cuff repair, impingement syndrome, shoulder instability, bone spur removal, removal or repair of the labrum, repair of the ligaments, removal of inflamed tissue or loose cartilage, repair for recurrent shoulder dislocation, and biceps tendon repair.

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Shoulder Fracture

Shoulder fractures are most common in patients suffering from osteoporosis and those with strained or injured muscles. Imaging will reveal the extent of the injury, then a doctor will provide available treatment options. When carried out properly, therapy may lead to a full recovery.

Should the severity of the fracture necessitate surgery, there are multiple treatment options available. These include placing the fractured pieces back together, or in some cases a shoulder replacement procedure may be the best option. For more information click “read more”.

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Shoulder Bone Spur

Bone spurs are small, pointed outgrowths of bone. These may occur in the shoulder due to injury, arthritis, or swelling of surrounding tissue. Bone spurs often present no symptoms, when symptoms are present they may include pain, swelling, weakness, and occasional numbness.

If a patient is not in pain, then most physicians avoid surgery unless it becomes uncomfortable. In that case, icing the bone spur area and taking anti-inflammatory drugs usually relieves discomfort and reduces swelling. Should the bone spur affect nerves in the back, neck, or vertebrae, surgery may be recommended.

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Rotator Cuff Tendonitis/Shoulder Impingement

Tenderness, swelling and limited range of motion are commonly associated with rotator cuff tendinitis. Your doctor will ask questions about your activity to determine risk factors, and order imaging tests to ensure an accurate diagnosis.

If nonsurgical therapy fails to provide relief, surgery may become necessary. Arthroscopic methods can be used to examine the shoulder joint and treat it requiring only a few small incisions. Surgery involves trimming a portion of the acromion bone and removing the inflamed tissue.

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Shoulder Muscle Tear

Tears in the shoulder commonly occur in the deltoid muscle, and are usually the result of a sudden injury or overstrain of the muscle.

Treatment options depend on the nature of your injury. Typically treatment for a shoulder tear involves one of the following: prescribed rest, NSAID medication, physical therapy and anti-inflammatory steroid injections. If the tear is large in scope, or if symptoms persist for several months, the attention of an orthopedic surgeon may be required.

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Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow, or Lateral Epicondylitis is a common source of elbow pain. The pain associated with tennis elbow is caused by damaged tendons that muscle to arm bones.

Nonsurgical treatment yields positive results in up to 95% of cases, while initial treatment strives to alleviate pain and swelling in the joint. If conservative care is ineffective, a patient may become a candidate for outpatient surgery.

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