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Orthopedic shoulder doctorThe shoulder is one of the largest and most complex joints in the body. The shoulder joint is formed where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into the scapula (shoulder blade), like a ball and socket.

Shoulder pain is usually the result of injury (fracture), arthritis, inflammation (overuse), or instability.

Common symptoms of shoulder pain include:

  • Pain, sometimes severe enough to keep you awake at night
  • Popping or grinding
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Limited mobility
  • Difficulty reaching for something overhead

Shoulder pain may be treated with medicine (taken by mouth or injected by an Orthopedic specialist), or sometimes with surgery. Confluence Health Orthopedic surgeons perform hundreds of shoulder repairs every year, including shoulder joint replacement and reverse total shoulder surgery, where the bones are reversed and put back in upside down for pain relief.

Only a trained Orthopedic specialist can tell you the best course of treatment for your shoulder pain.

Total Shoulder Replacement

ShoulderTotal shoulder replacement is a complex procedure that involves replacing the shoulder joint with artificial parts. Our shoulder specialists have performed numerous shoulder replacements at Confluence Health and appreciate an opportunity to share their knowledge. Call us to request an appointment with one of our shoulder surgeons if you have further questions about shoulder replacement.

Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

The major difference between a standard shoulder replacement and a reverse procedure is that in a reverse shoulder replacement the ball and socket parts of the shoulder joint switch sides. This means their natural position is reversed. Reverse total shoulder replacement is a complex procedure and is warranted by certain conditions. Call to request an appointment with one of our shoulder experts if you have further questions about shoulder replacement.

Questions about Shoulder Issues? To schedule a consultation with a shoulder specialist, call 509.667.7308.

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