Shoulder

Conditions affecting the shoulder are common to just about every type of person. Injuries and pain are an inevitable. Whether you sit at a desk for a living or you’re outside engaged in physical labor, shoulder injuries and pain can be debilitating. The pain can slow you down, bring productivity to a halt and majorly affect your quality of life. If you feel that your shoulder pain is limiting you in anyway, it is time to ask your doctor about seeing a specialist.

The human shoulder is a very complex joint requiring significant expertise and usually requires the attention of an orthopedic surgeon. These surgeons typically perform an examination, make a diagnosis and will present you with treatment options. Treatment options can range from surgical and nonsurgical proceedures, physical therapy and even pain management. Your surgeon should thoroughly explain your options and the expected outcomes for each.

Why LLUH?

At the Loma Linda University Health Department of Orthopedic Surgery, you’ll find a facility and staff focused on you. It is our goal to continue the healing mission of Jesus Christ “to make man whole”. We aim to treat all of our patients with the same love and compassion of the ultimate healer.

We know the medical needs and circumstances of each patient are different and tailor treatment options to best serve you. Our physicians take time to understand your concerns, educate you about the problem and recommended treatments. Each treatment plan is customized and driven by you, the patient. We believe that you, with the guidance and expertise of our surgeons, are the best person to decide which treatment will be most beneficial for your long term health. Our team is here to support you as you lead the way to your own recovery.

Our surgeons are authorities within their area of interest and have dedicated their lives to treating patients with conditions very similar to your own. In fact, our physicians are responsible for developing and teaching the latest techniques and technology to their colleagues and residents. They also often take on complex cases that other clinics refuse to treat; sometimes fixing failed surgeries done at other clinics. All of this means that when you come in to our clinic with shoulder pain, you’ll see an orthopedic expert that enjoys healing the shoulder.

Conditions Treated

At LLU our orthopedic surgeons expertly diagnose and treat the full spectrum of shoulder disorders, injuries, and diseases. Some of these include:

  • Tendonitis
    • Calicfic tendonitis
  • Impingement
  • Arthritis
    • Osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis)
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Inflammatory arthritis
  • Bursitis
   
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • SLAP tear
  • Shoulder instability (frequent shoulder dislocation)
  • Frozen Shoulder (Shoulder Stiffness) also known as Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Trauma
    • Fractures
    • Dislocations

Treatment tailored to your specific needs

Our care providers are trained and experienced in all areas of orthopedic treatment, surgical and beyond. While we are a surgical center, our focus is on providing the treatment that the patient wants and needs even if that is not surgery.

Nonsurgical

Our surgeons are very particular about uniquely treating every condition and patient. Occasionally, surgery is not the only or best option for our patients. In these cases, our surgeons may prescribe one or a combination of the following nonsurgical therapy options:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Injections (cortisone)
  • Inflammation Management
    • NSAID (Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflamitory Drug) Therapy
    • Hot/Cold Treatment
  • Platelet rich plasma injections
  • Stem Cell
  • Education
  • Weight loss/diet
  • Nonprescription medication and supplements

Surgical

We offer a complete range of surgical treatment options including the following:

  • Total Shoulder Replacement
    • Including Reverse Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision Shoulder Arthroplasty (Shoulder Redo)
    • For those that have already had a shoulder replacement
  • Arthroscopy

Before surgery, you will have a consultation with the surgeon. During the consultation, your surgeon will explain all your options and tailor the treatment for your exact needs.