The shoulder is a complicated joint and takes offence easily – which is why it must be treated with affection, care and attention
The shoulder is very agile, as it is only linked to the trunk by the collarbone. This means the shoulder blade glides along the rib cage and thus increases the actual shoulder joint’s range of motion. The shoulder itself is poised between mobility and stability. Younger patients complaint more of dislocation or instability. Older patients mainly suffer from wear of the rotator cuff and cartilage.
Shoulder Treatment at OCM
Significant progress has been made in the standardized diagnosis and treatment of shoulder disorders over the last couple of years. Superficially - similar complaints may have various true causes; however, due to ever more complex sports activities pursued by patients and their increased activity in older age, the causes and triggers need to be identified and treated appropriately. The ultimate goal of the treatment is to have a functioning shoulder rather than merely to eliminate pain.
Shoulder defects can be classified into two categories. The first pertains to accident related injuries suffered in particular by patients that actively pursue sports. The second covers wear related or spontaneous shoulder injuries that are not the result of an accident. Increased research into the biological connection between shoulder movements and the importance of individual anatomic structures for their function continues to deepen our understanding of both problematic areas.
Once the causes are accurately classified, most shoulder complaints can be treated conservatively and without surgery.
Concerning surgical procedures, a continuous shift away from open surgery to minimally invasive techniques has taken place. Applied by means of arthroscopy, they have many advantages: In addition to the highly differentiated diagnosis and the exactly tailored treatment, this type of surgery is less stressful for the patient and enables quick rehabilitation.
Prof. Dr. med. Patric Raiss
Specialist in Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery, Specific Orthopedic Surgery