You don’t have to be an athlete to experience the pain and physical limitations that come along with a shoulder injury. It’s bad enough if you have to put your tennis or golf game on hold, but far worse if your injury makes it difficult to do simple things like holding your children, getting dressed or washing or combing your hair. With Dr. Venuto’s help, you don’t have to live in pain anymore.
Treatment of shoulder injuries and disorders is one of Dr. Venuto’s orthopedic specialties. In over 35 years of practice, he has helped thousands of people from all walks of life including athletes, business professionals, retirees and students.
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At his practice serving Newport Beach and Irvine orthopedic patients, Dr. Venuto sees patients almost every day with a variety of shoulder injuries and disorders. If you are experiencing shoulder pain, now is the time to make an appointment. Call Dr. Venuto today at 949-759-3600 or send us an email to schedule your visit.
Some signs that you need medical attention:
- Inability to move the shoulder joint freely and comfortably
- Deformity or persistent swelling around the joint
- Throbbing or other pain that lasts more than a few days
- Fever, redness, warmth, or tenderness around the shoulder
- Any other unusual symptoms or pain
Treatments for Shoulder Injuries & Conditions
Dr. Venuto’s recommended treatment will depend on your condition and symptoms. He focuses on finding the least invasive method to minimize pain and properly remedy the underlying cause.
Shoulder Arthroscopy: Through the use of a small camera and surgical instruments placed in tiny incisions near the shoulder, Dr. Venuto performs rotator cuff repair, labral repair and repair of recurrent dislocations. The arthroscopic technique allows him to visualize the inside of a joint while minimizing incisions to reduce recovery time and scarring.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP): Used as an alternative to surgery or in conjunction with a surgical procedure, platelet rich plasma injections help the body heal itself faster. Platelets within the patient’s own blood containing growth factors are concentrated and re-injected into the shoulder, stimulating the production of new, healthy tissue in the area.
Stem Cell Therapy: A new innovative, noninvasive procedure Dr. Venuto uses to restore and regenerate cartilage surface of the joints affected by arthritis. Stem Cells grow cartilage. Now for the first time, Dr. Venuto is able to not only protect arthritic joint surfaces, but restore and regenerate them as well.
Physical Therapy: Often an essential component of successful treatment, physical therapy encourages full range of motion and helps Dr. Venuto’s patients gain strength.
Anti-Inflammatory Medication: NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain medications) are often prescribed to help manage shoulder pain stemming from arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis.
Cortisone Injections: These injections help to minimize inflammation in the joint. After injection, the cortisone will take a few days to take effect and its anti-inflammatory properties can last several months before re-injection is required.
Ice and Heat: Depending on the cause of your shoulder pain, Dr. Venuto may recommend ice or heat therapy. Ice is typically recommended for acute injuries, while heat will help chronic conditions by stimulating blood flow to the shoulder and loosening tissues.
Rest: Resting the shoulder allows acute inflammation to subside. However, complete immobilization is not recommended, as this can lead to added stiffness and reduced range of motion.
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Common Causes of Shoulder Pain
Shoulder pain is extremely common. For a proper diagnosis of the underlying cause, Dr. Venuto will review your medical history and perform a detailed physical exam before recommending any treatment. Some common causes of pain include:
Bursitis or Tendonitis of the Rotator Cuff: The most common diagnosis in patients with shoulder pain is bursitis or tendonitis of the rotator cuff (the group of muscles and tendons in the shoulder that keep the shoulder joint stable).
Rotator Cuff Tear: Rotator cuff tears occur when the tendons of the rotator cuff separate from the bone. Physical therapy may be sufficient to remedy the tear, while surgery is sometimes necessary for a more complete treatment of the torn tendons.
Arthritis: While arthritis occurring in the shoulder is less common than knee arthritis, it may require joint replacement surgery in severe cases. Dr. Venuto offers several ways to treat arthritis in the shoulder, with the goal of avoiding surgery whenever possible.
Labral Tear: The labrum is a cuff of tissue that makes the shoulder socket deeper, thus helping with stability of movement for the arm bone. A labral tear generally occurs due to traumatic injury or as a result of weakening of due to the aging process.
Adhesive Capsulitis: Also known as a “frozen shoulder,” this is a common condition that leads to stiffness of the joint. Physical therapy and stretching are used to loosen thick, inflamed tissues within the shoulder that are causing the stiffness.
Calcific Tendonitis: In this condition, deposits of hydroxyapatite (crystalized calcium) form within a tendon, causing pain, stiffness and weakening of the shoulder. If non-invasive methods are ineffective, surgery may be required to remove the deposits.
Shoulder Dislocation: Dislocations occur when the top of the arm bone becomes disconnected from the shoulder socket. While the shoulder can be put back in place fairly easily, a dislocation can tear ligaments or tendons or damage nerves, requiring surgical correction. Dr. Venuto uses an arthroscopic approach so that his patients can return to work within days.
Shoulder Separation: Also called an AC separation, this is not truly an injury to the shoulder joint but instead affects the joint where the collarbone meets the topmost part of the shoulder blade. The separation is caused by trauma, and severe damage to the ligaments in this area commonly require surgery.