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Shoulder injuries are frequently caused by athletic activities that involve excessive, repetitive, overhead motion, such as swimming, tennis, pitching, and weight lifting. Injuries can also occur during everyday activities such washing walls, hanging curtains, and gardening.

If you are experiencing pain in your shoulder, you should ask yourself:

1. Can I rotate my arm in all the normal positions?
2. Does it feel like my shoulder is sliding out of the socket?
3. Do I lack the strength in my shoulder for daily activities?

If you answered "yes" to any one of these questions, you should consult a doctor at Pacific Rim Orthopaedic Surgeons for help in determining the severity of the problem.

Elbow Injuries

Your elbow joint is a joint made up of three bones: your upper arm bone and the two bones in your forearm. Muscles, ligaments, and tendons hold the elbow joint together. It is a combination hinge and pivot joint. The hinge part of the joint lets the arm bend like the hinge of a door; the pivot part lets the lower arm twist and rotate. Several muscles, nerves, and tendons cross at the elbow.

The repetitive sudden movements done in competitive sports can stress the elbow and cause tears to tendons.

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Pacific Rim Orthopaedic Surgeons has a fellowship-trained specialist in hand and wrist surgery. The hand is a very complex organ with multiple joints, and different types of ligaments, tendons and nerves. With constant use, it is no wonder that hand injuries are common. Hand injuries can result from excessive use, degenerative disorders or trauma.

Arthritis, tendinitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome are caused by overuse or by repetitive actions like using a computer keyboard. Nerves damaged by injury can be disabling and result in loss of hand function. It is vital to seek medical help as soon as possible after any hand injury.

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Pacific Rim Orthopaedic Surgeons has a fellowship-trained specialist in Spine Surgery. Many demands are placed on your spine. It holds up your head, shoulders, and upper body. It gives you support to stand up straight, and gives you flexibility to bend and twist.
It also protects your spinal cord.

Your spine is made up of small bones, called vertebrae,which are stacked on top of one another and create the natural curves of your back. These bones connect to create a canal that protects the spinal cord.

Intervertebral disks act as shock absorbers for the spine. The many nerve endings to the outer wall of the disks can cause pain when injured.

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A normal cartilage layer in joints allows nearly frictionless and pain-free movement. When it is damaged or diseased by arthritis, joints become stiff and painful. Every joint is enclosed by a fibrous tissue envelope or capsule with a smooth tissue lining, called the synovium. The synovium produces fluid that reduces friction and wear in a joint. After examination, joint replacement is considered if other treatment options will not relieve the pain and disability.

Although hip and knee replacements are the most common, this surgery can be performed on other joints, including the ankle, foot, shoulder, elbow, and fingers. The materials used in a joint replacement are designed to enable it to move just like a natural joint.

Recovery Process

In general, your orthopaedic surgeon will encourage you to use your "new" joint shortly after your operation.

For hip and knee replacements, you will often stand and begin walking the day after surgery. Initially, you will walk with a walker, crutches, or a cane. Most patients have some temporary pain in the replaced joint because the surrounding muscles are weak from inactivity and the tissues are healing.

Exercise is an important part of the recovery process. Your orthopaedic surgeon will discuss an exercise program for you after surgery. This varies for different joint replacements and for the differing needs of each patient.

After your surgery, you may be permitted to play golf, walk, and dance. More strenuous sports, such as tennis or running, may be discouraged. The motion of your joint will generally improve after surgery.

Pacific Rim Orthopaedic Surgeons has a fellowship-trained specialist in sports medicine. Sports injuries occur due to overuse or acute trauma of a part of the body when participating in a certain activity. For example, runner's knee is a painful condition generally associated with running, while tennis elbow is a form of repetitive stress injury at the elbow.

Other types of injuries can be caused by hard contact with something. This can often cause a broken bone or torn ligament or tendon.

Pacific Rim Orthopaedic Surgeons will help you get the right treatment for your injury.

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Your musculoskeletal system gives you the ability to move. It provides form, support, stability, and movement to the body. This complex system includes your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves, and allows you to move, work,and be active.

Treatment for many musculoskeletal conditions can be done without surgery by using medication, exercise, and other rehabilitative or alternative therapies.

Pacific Rim Orthopaedic Surgeons will discuss your diagnosis and available treatment options with you to help you select the best plan to enable you to live a more active and functional life.

Orthopaedic infections can be devastating. Disease-carrying bacteria, viruses, and parasites that get into the body can destroy healthy tissue, multiply and spread through the blood. Without prompt treatment, bone infections (osteomyelitis) and joint infections (septic arthritis) can become chronic. Fortunately, early diagnosis, appropriate antibiotic therapy, and surgical intervention, when required, can cure most infections and prevent permanent problems. For more on this topic click here (AAOS).

Most bone tumors are non-cancerous (benign). However, they can spread or become cancerous (metastasize). Your orthopaedic surgeon may recommend either removing the tumor, or may suggest some other treatment techniques to reduce the risk of fracture and disability. Some tumors may come back, sometimes repeatedly, even after appropriate treatment. For more on this topic click here (AAOS).

Quality of Life

Aging, disease, and injury can severely impede movement. The focus of Pacific Rim Orthopaedic Surgeons is to enable you to return to the activities you enjoy in life.

We strive to help our patients achieve a return to normal activity through compassionate and exceptional care using evidence-based medicine in a patient-friendly environment. We are committed to bringing you a high standard of care that is patient-focused, with the goal of improving your quality of life.

Emergency Re-schedule

Our physicians are often called to the hospital or emergency room for critically injured patients. We regret the need to re-schedule patients, but emergency surgeries are part of an Orthopaedic Surgeon's daily schedule.

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