Shoulder care

Shoulder care at The Christ Hospital Cincinnati Ohio

We use our shoulders all day long to help us lift, reach, push, pull and rotate our arms. As the most flexible joint in the body, the shoulder gives us arm strength and a wide range of motion. However, this amount of flexibility also means the shoulder joint can become unstable and prone to injury. 

The shoulder is a complex, ball-and-socket joint. It’s made up of the upper arm bone (humerus), shoulder blade (scapula), collarbone (clavicle) and surrounding ligaments, cartilage, muscles and tendons. 

Shoulder problems can be caused by various conditions such as arthritis, joint instability, inflammation or a dislocation. If you have shoulder pain and weakness, it can be difficult to enjoy everyday life. Whether you like to cook, play a sport, garden or just want to move through life without pain, the orthopedic surgeons and specialists at The Christ Hospital Health Network want to get back to your normal routine as quickly as possible.

We diagnose and treat a wide range of shoulder conditions. In many cases, we can treat shoulder problems without surgery. If you require surgery, we offer the latest advanced treatment options to help you feel better.

Shoulder conditions 

We treat the following shoulder conditions: 

  • Arthritis - Symptoms include cracking or clicking noise, limited range of motion, pain, redness, swelling and trouble raising your arm.

  • Dislocation - Symptoms may include bruising, inability to move, numbness, pain, swelling and deformity.

  • Fracture & sprain - Fracture symptoms may include severe pain that occurs when you breathe deeply and possibly deformity. Sprain symptoms may include bruising, feeling a pop and pain. Symptoms of a shoulder strain may include cramping, limited movements, muscle spasms,  weakness, pain and/or swelling.

  • Frozen shoulder - Symptoms may include pain, stiffness, difficulty moving, swelling and numbness

  • Labral tear - Symptoms may include limited range of motion, instability, pain, popping, grinding and weakness.

  • Tendonitis & bursitis - Symptoms include difficulty moving, inability to hold arm in certain position, pain, swelling and stiffness.

  • Torn rotator cuff - Symptoms may include crackling sensation, dull pain, pain when lifting or rotating arm and/or pain when sleeping and weakness.

At The Christ Hospital Health Network, our experienced shoulder specialists are recognized as leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder injuries and conditions.