Archive for category: Elbow and Shoulder

Shoulder Arthroscopy

What is shoulder arthroscopy? The arthroscope is a small fiber optic instrument attached to a camera, 3-5 millimeters in size, that can be placed into the shoulder joint.  The athroscope is inserted through a small incisions about the shoulder. This procedure evaluates the entire shoulder joint, including the ligaments, the biceps tendon, the rotator cuff, […]

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Nursemaid’s Elbow

Nursemaid’s elbow is one of the most common orthopedic injuries seen in children between the ages of 1-3 years. It is not, as some think, a dislocation of the elbow, or rather a slip of one of the ligaments in the elbow over a bone.  This occurs because children’s ligaments are loose and the bones are […]

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Cervical Radiculopathy

What is cervical radiculopathy? Pain in the neck that radiates to the shoulder and often down the entire arm is often caused by a pinched nerve in the neck. This is known medically as a cervical radiculopathy. The spine is comprised of a column of bones called vertebrae and within the vertebra lays the spinal […]

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Upper Extremity (Arm) Fracture Surgery

Occasionally people have fractures (bone breaks) that require surgery. Breaks like this include those that cannot be controlled by a cast, or immobilization, those that have the bone fragments in a position that does not give good function, or those that break the skin.   When Dr. Goodman performs surgery on this, he spends time […]

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Biceps Tendon Tear at Elbow

The biceps muscle is the main muscle front of your arm. Like all muscles in the body it attaches to bone with tendons. Tendons attach the biceps muscle to the bone at both the shoulder and the elbow. When the tendon tears at the elbow is known as a distal biceps tendon rupture. It is […]

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What is the rotator cuff and rotator cuff pathology?

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, providing strength and stability. Above the rotator cuff there is a bursa, or sac of tissue, that covers and protects the rotator cuff as it comes into close contact with bones around the shoulder. When the rotator cuff is […]

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Shoulder Arthritis

What is Shoulder Arthritis? Osteoarthritis or “degenerative joint disease” is the most common type of arthritis of the shoulder. The other less commonly seen types of arthritis in the shoulder are rheumatoid or inflammatory arthritis and arthritis that occurs after severe trauma. In osteoarthritis the smooth cartilage that lines and coats the ends of the […]

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Tennis elbow…. But I don’t play tennis

Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition that occurs on the outside part of the elbow. Although described in tennis players who obtain this condition from a poor backhand stroke, the vast majority of people who suffer from tennis elbow do not play and may have never played tennis. The problem […]

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