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Shoulder Pain

At some point in our lives, almost all of us will experience significant shoulder pain. In 2006, 7.5 million people went to their doctor because of shoulder pain. More than half were for rotator cuff problems.

Shoulder injuries often occur from sports related activities that involve repetitive overhead motions such as tennis, pitching and swimming. Everyday activities like heavy lifting or overhead work can also aggravate the shoulder.

Shoulder problems typically involve the soft tissues such as muscle, tendon or ligament. Most issues can be placed into two major categories, instability or rotator cuff (i.e. impingement).

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Understanding Shoulder Pain

The shoulder is composed of three bones: the upper arm bone (humerus), the shoulder blade (scapula), and the collarbone (clavicle). The top of the upper arm bone fits into a rounded socket in the shoulder blade. The socket is known as the glenoid. The muscles and tendons keep the arm bone centered in the shoulder socket. The tissues are known as the rotator cuff and cover the top of the upper arm bone and attach it to the shoulder blade.

Shoulder problems typically involve the soft tissues such as muscle, tendon or ligament. Most issues can be placed into two major categories, instability or rotator cuff (i.e. impingement).

 

 

Dr. Carl Schillhammer is an orthopedic surgeon based in Central Montana who specializes in the treatment of knee pain, shoulder pain and sports medicine.  Patients travel to Dr. Schillhammer's Anaconda, MT clinic from across the various cities in the region, including Butte, Billings, Helena, Bozeman, Big Sky, Great Falls, Missoula and Kalispell. He is proficient in cartilage repair involving the knee, knee surgery, ACL repair and rotator cuff problems. His clinic is a regional referral destination for shoulder replacement.