Your hips and shoulders absorb a lot of impact as you move around and use your body. Each of these joints is a true powerhouse, providing you stability and balance while allowing an amazing range of motion.
When your hip or shoulder is damaged, it can impede your ability to walk, bend, lift, throw – and so much more. It’s no wonder hip and shoulder pain often bring patients to the doctor’s office.
There are many ways these joints can become damaged and require the expertise of a shoulder and hip orthopedic specialist. Sudden, acute trauma can do it, such as from a car accident and sports or workplace injury. A variety of chronic medical conditions can also weaken and injure these joints, most notably arthritis and conditions brought on by repetitive strain or overuse.
Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey J. Carroll of Movement Orthopedics specializes in the wide variety of medical conditions that affect the shoulders and hips.
At Movement Orthopedics, we specialize in diagnosing and treating a wide range of orthopedic shoulder and hip conditions. Some of our most in-demand specialties include:
Arthritis can occur at any joint in the body.
The shoulders and hips are very common sites where arthritis develops – and a common reason people visit the doctor, because joint pain and stiffness in these areas can significantly impair your ability to move. In fact, hip, knee, and shoulder arthritis is a leading cause of disability in the United States.
When you visit Dr. Carroll at Movement Orthopedics, he will thoroughly assess your condition, review your symptoms and health history, and work with you to create a treatment plan specific to your circumstances and goals.
When the damage and your symptoms are severe, it may be time for surgery, such as joint repair and reconstruction or joint replacement. For many patients, these surgeries relieve pain, improve mobility, and dramatically improve their overall quality of life.
If you break a bone in your hip or shoulder, receiving appropriate orthopedic care is critical to restoring your ability to move pain-free for long into the future. This is especially true because arthritis is more likely to develop in a previously injured joint.
Fractures of the shoulder or hip can occur due to:
Dr. Carroll at Movement Orthopedics can treat your fracture as well as work with you to develop a plan that optimizes your healing and recovery.
Joint repair and reconstruction may be done when your damaged shoulder or hip joint is salvageable and can be preserved – rather than replaced. Your orthopedic surgeon may perform a variety of repairs during these procedures, including smoothing the surface of a joint; removing stray pieces of bone, cartilage, or other tissue; trimming damaged soft tissue; and more.
Most often, these repairs can be done via arthroscopy, a minimally invasive method of simultaneously diagnosing and treating a wide variety joint problems. Arthroscopy is considered an outpatient procedure and commonly used to repair damaged cartilage and ligaments, remove debris, and otherwise reconstruct a joint after an injury.
When your shoulder or hip joint is damaged beyond repair and causing you significant distress, a joint replacement can restore your ability to move again, without pain.
The good news is that many joint replacements can now be performed on an outpatient basis – allowing you to go home the same day as your surgery. An added benefit is that prosthetic joints are more durable and long-lasting than ever before, which means joint replacements are becoming more common among younger patients.
When it comes to joint replacement surgeries, Dr. Carroll at Movement Orthopedics has expertise in the most advanced technologies and techniques, including a muscle-sparing direct anterior approach used during hip replacement procedures. This allows Dr. Carroll to avoid cutting healthy muscle and other tissue, resulting in a faster and easier post-op recovery. Not all orthopedic surgeons use this approach – but Dr. Carroll at Movement Orthopedics does.
If you are experiencing shoulder pain or hip pain, you know how persistent and debilitating pain can be. At Movement Orthopedics, we understand how important it is to relieve your symptoms, quickly and effectively, as well as come up with a long-term treatment plan.
An option that works for many of our shoulder and hip pain patients are pain-management injections, including cortisone and ultrasound-guided injections.
Your rotator cuff is a collection of muscles and tendons that power your arm and help to keep your shoulder joint in place. A rotator cuff tear is a very common injury that most often occurs as the result of repetitive strain. A common symptom of a rotator cuff tear is shoulder pain that feels like a deep ache and worsens as you move your arm away from the body.
If conservative treatments like physical therapy or pain-management injections don’t alleviate your pain from a rotator cuff injury, surgery to either repair a torn tendon or to replace the shoulder joint altogether may be necessary.
At Movement Orthopedics, our providers specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of a variety of sports injuries. In fact, our sports medicine providers understand just how important it is to not only treat your injury but to do it in a way that allows you to recover faster, better, and more completely – and get you back to the activities you love.
Sports injuries that can affect the shoulder and hip include:
Do you have shoulder or hip pain? For the most appropriate care, make an appointment to see an orthopedic physician who specializes in disorders affecting the shoulders and hips. Call Movement Orthopedics in Clinton Township, Michigan, at (586) 436-3785 or request an appointment with board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey J. Carroll now.
If you have an urgent orthopedic need, visit our urgent care clinic during business hours – just call us first to let us know you’re on your way.