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Shoulder joint

The shoulder joint truly works miracles. No other joint in the human skeleton is able to move in the same way. However, it isn’t perfect: Shoulder problems represent more of a gap in the evolutionary process than a disease of civilisation. Although humans have evolved to walk upright, the bone and tendon structure has never sufficiently adapted to support this form of movement.

Pains and restricted mobility are some of the consequences that arise as a result of this. And these should not be taken lightly. The sooner shoulder problems are treated, the higher the patient’s chances of preventing wear, making a full recovery and avoiding major surgical procedures, such as an artificial joint replacement.

On this page you will find an overview of the most common shoulder problems and some examples of how these can be treated. If surgical intervention is necessary, this is almost always carried out in the form of an arthroscopy. ORTHOmedic is specialised in this minimally invasive procedure. Your expert for shoulder diseases here at ORTHOmedic is Professor Schofer.

Rotator cuff tear

Tear of the tendon or joint capsule of the humerus. Usually age-related, this problem tends to occur from the age of 45, but it may also occur as a result of a sports accident. Warning: Tendons do not heal by themselves. But they can heal with treatment. Refixation of a tendon can be carried out by means of an arthroscopy, using suture anchors. Unfortunately, tendons take time to heal. We help you through this process with individual physiotherapy sessions.

Shoulder instability as a result of luxation (dislocation)

SLAP tear (lesion of the biceps tendon)

Injuries to the shoulder ligaments or the acromioclavicular (AC) joint

Shoulder impingement syndrome (trapped tendon as a result of bone protrusion)

Calcific tendinitis of the shoulder (tendinitis calcarea)

Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)

Arthrosis (joint wear)

Bone fractures