Shoulder & Elbow

The range of motion accomplished through your elbow and shoulder is extensive and problems often arise from overuse. The resulting pain can be extreme, debilitating and limiting to your normal daily activities. The Orthopedic Specialists at Health First are certified and trained to identify the cause of your discomfort and treat you with the most advanced and effective care available.

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can be caused for many reasons; however the end result is usually the same - annoying and debilitative pain that interferes with routine activities. The most likely causes of shoulder pain include tendonitis, bursitis, or an inflamed rotator cuff and there are numerous options available to deal with disease and injury in shoulder joints.

Non-Surgical Care

Conservative treatments may provide pain relief for overused and inflamed joints and consistency is the key. Cold and heat therapy, rest, physical therapy and some medications in a regimen prescribed by a Health First Orthopedic Specialist could be an effective alternative to surgery.

Surgical Care

Surgery may be recommended for problems such as impingement, a torn rotator cuff, or torn cartilage. Many shoulder surgeries are outpatient procedures that can be done arthroscopically, allowing the surgeon to see and work inside the joint through a few small incisions. Shoulder replacement involves resurfacing the areas where the bones meet the shoulder joint and can improve strength and range of motion as well as reduce pain.

Elbow Pain

As with many joints, pain in the elbow can be caused by overuse, degenerative tissue, or a sudden injury. Fortunately, treatment options are varied, including many non-surgical and surgical choices.

Non-Surgical Care

Therapy and behavioral changes are often the first treatment consideration depending on the nature and extent of the injury. Common diagnoses for elbow pain include Tennis Elbow, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, Olecranon "Funny Bone" Fractures, and Osteoarthritis. Each with varying symptoms such as limitations in the range of motion, tenderness, locking, numbness or tingling, they are often not cause for alarm. However, the longer they go unchecked the more likely the treatment will be lengthy or extensive.

Surgical Care

Surgical treatment is generally considered when the injury is severe, when the pain doesn't respond to therapeutic treatment, and symptoms have lasted more than six months. Traditional open surgery as well as minimally-invasive arthroscopic procedures are performed extensively at Health First and oftentimes involve an outpatient or a one-day stay.

Which Treatment is Right For Me?

Research is a great place to start but it is no substitute for a personal consultation with a Health First Orthopedic Specialist. Whether your appointment results in a diagnosis or serves as a valued second opinion, Health First puts you one step closer to a life free of joint pain.

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Health First hospitals provide Brevard County's leading Orthopedic care. Our Orthopedic Specialists are certified and trained in the most advanced procedures to provide joint solutions, including conservative rehabilitation, total and partial replacements, resurfacing and complex traumatic injury repair. From your initial consultation to your rehabilitation, your care is entrusted to the most qualified physicians, nurses, and treatment teams so you can be free to discover an improved you.

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