Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist & Hand
In 2006, approximately 7.5 million people went to the doctor's office for a shoulder
problem, including shoulder and upper arm sprains and strains. More than 4.1 million of these visits were for rotator cuff problems – one of the most common conditions surgically treated at Northridge Hospital.
Shoulder injuries are frequently caused by athletic activities that involve excessive, repetitive, overhead motion, such as swimming, tennis, pitching and weightlifting. Injuries can also occur during activities such as repetitive reaching, hanging curtains and gardening. The shoulder pain may be due to problems with the bone or injury to muscles, tendons or bursae (small fluid-filled sacs that cushion and lubricate joints).
Surgical shoulder procedures result in an increase in movement, less pain and an ability to resume your normal activities. We treat all shoulder problems. The most common are:
- Rotator Cuff Tears
An arthroscopic or minimally invasive approach to surgery means a smaller incision of the muscle, a faster recovery and less pain for patients.
Hand, Wrist and Elbow Injuries
A highly skilled team of orthopedic surgeons, nurses and therapists provide comprehensive care for patients with all kinds of hand, elbow and wrist problems. Our surgeons have extensive experience in microsurgery and reconstructive surgery.
At our Center for Rehabilitation Medicine the dedicated occupational therapists and physical therapists specialize in rehabilitation of the hand and upper extremities. The most common conditions we treat are:
- Tendon and nerve tears
- Amputations and replantations
- Congenital deformities
- Carpal tunnel syndrome and other nerve compression conditions
Visit the Your Guide to Healthy Bones & Joints in our online health information library for more information on keeping healthy.