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What Happens When Your AC Joint is Separated?

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The shoulder joint has the greatest range of motion of any joint, and it’s prone to injury or problems as a result. The AC joint, located over the top of your shoulder, can be separated in a sports injury, project around the house, or a fall. In this blog, Dr. Francis X. Mendoza, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, will explain more about AC joint separations. What is an AC joint injury?…

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When Is SLAP Repair Surgery Recommended?

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Do you have persistent shoulder pain that won’t seem to heal on its own or respond to pain medication? Maybe you fell onto your outstretched arm or shoulder or work in a job where you lift heavy objects over your head. These are just a few of the scenarios that could indicate you’ve suffered a very specific type of injury to your shoulder known as a SLAP tear. SLAP, an…

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What are the Different Types of Shoulder Replacement Procedures?

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You’ve probably heard a great deal about knee or hip replacement, but shoulder joint replacement, although less commonly performed, is just as effective in relieving joint pain. Shoulder joint replacement is a safe, effective procedure to help with painful conditions of the shoulder – such as arthritis – that aren’t adequately helped by medication or rest. In this blog, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Francis Mendoza will explain the different types of…

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What are the Most Common Causes of Severe Shoulder Fractures?

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A broken shoulder isn’t a common injury, but they do happen. The shoulder joint is a “ball-and-socket” type joint, and a trauma to the shoulder can fracture either the “ball”—the head of the humerus or upper arm bone—or the glenoid socket which it sits in. Shoulder trauma itself is fairly common, and the type of injuries it gives rise to range from a separated shoulder resulting from a fall or…

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Causes, Symptoms and Treatments for a Bicep Tendon Injury

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Biceps tendonitis is the technical term for irritation or inflammation in your upper biceps tendon, which attaches your biceps (the muscle located at the front of your upper arm) to your shoulder bones. Tendons are tough strips of connective tissue which connect muscles to bones and let you move your arms, legs, and other body parts, and your biceps muscle has three of them: two that attach it to your…

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