Shoulder pain is extremely common, with more than 7.5 million Americans visiting doctor’s offices each year due to the pain.
Common shoulder injuries and conditions that may require surgical intervention if conservative treatment fails, include dislocations, tendonitis, bursitis, rotator cuff tears and arthritis.
Rotator cuff tears are one of the most common causes of shoulder pain and disability.
In the past, individuals with torn rotator cuffs had very few treatment options, and often had to live with the debilitating condition.
Now, with minimally invasive arthroscopy techniques, orthopedic surgeons are able to reattach the tendon to the bone, with the goal of restoring strength and function to the shoulder.
Severe arthritis, in the shoulder, in which the cartilage in the joint deteriorates, can lead to the need for shoulder replacement surgery.
Fortunately, due to the advancements in shoulder replacement surgery, surgeons are able to relieve patients’ pain, remove bone spurs and restore their function.
While recovery time for both rotator cuff and shoulder replacement surgery can be anywhere from six to nine months, patients are eventually able to return to activities of daily living that were previously inhibited by the condition.
Cone Health Orthopedic Center of Excellence has an exceptional network of fellowship trained shoulder specialists and related healthcare professionals who are dedicated to treating patients with orthopedic injuries and joint disease throughout the community.
Dr. Joshua Landau is an orthopedic surgeon at Murphy Wainer Orthopedic Specialists and a member of the Cone Health medical staff.
He is a 2002 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.
He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the San Fancisco Orthopaedic Residency Training Program in 2007, and completed the San Diego Arthroscopy & Sports Medicine Fellowship in 2008.