Orthopedic Specialties

Shoulder Care

The shoulder is comprised of the clavicle (collarbone), scapula (shoulder blade), and humerus (upper arm bone), as well as numerous muscles, ligaments, and tendons. We utilize our shoulders for both mobility and stability, including lifting, pushing, and pulling. The shoulder is a common source of aches and pains, often the result of repetitive motion used in sports, at work, or during daily activities. Orthopedic injuries and conditions associated with shoulder discomfort range from tendinitis, arthritis, and bursitis to fractures, rotator cuff injuries, and instabilities. To read more about shoulder conditions, click here.

 At OrthoNorCal Orthopedic Specialists, our specialty-trained and experienced shoulder surgeons are recognized as leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder injuries and conditions. Common surgical procedures our shoulder surgeons perform include arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, arthroscopic labral repair, total shoulder replacement, reverse total shoulder replacement, complex fracture repair, biceps tendon repair, and shoulder resurfacing among many other techniques. 

Shoulder Educational Articles

Shoulder Instability Problems

Introduction Shoulder instability can be a common problem after a shoulder dislocation. Instability means that the shoulder is too loose and has a tendency to slip out of the socket (or glenoid). If the shoulder slips completely out of the socket, it has...

Rotator Cuff Tears

Introduction The shoulder joint has great range-of-motion, but not much stability. The rotator cuff tendons are one of the key reasons that the shoulder is so useful. However, the tendons are prone to damage due to wear and tear and injury, or both. The...

Labral Tears of the Shoulder

Introduction Since orthopaedic surgeons began using the arthroscope to diagnose and treat shoulder problems, several new conditions have recently been discovered. One of these is an injury to a small structure in the shoulder called the labrum. A labral...

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