How Orthopedic Surgeons in South Florida Evaluate a Shoulder Injury

Because your shoulder is the most flexible joint in your body, it allows you to place and rotate your arm in many positions in front, above, to the side and behind your body. This flexibility also makes your shoulder susceptible to instability and injury. Early, correct diagnosis and treatment of shoulder problems by orthopedic surgeons in South Florida can make a significant difference to your health in the long run.

Whether you suffer an acute injury or ongoing pain, we at Fort Lauderdale Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine often recommend conservative methods of treatment before surgery. Many shoulder issues can be treated non-operatively, using oral anti-inflammatories, ice, home exercise programs, physical therapy or painless ultrasound-guided injections. However, in some instances, delaying the surgical repair of a shoulder increases the likelihood that the problem will be more difficult to treat later. If surgery becomes necessary, we utilize state-of-the-art facilities, techniques and instrumentation to ensure a successful outcome.

To determine the best course of action, your physician will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your condition. The orthopaedic evaluation of your shoulder consists of three components:
1. A medical history. Your doctor will gather information about current complaints; duration of symptoms, pain and limitations; injuries; and past treatment with medications or surgery.
2. A physical examination. This will assess swelling, tenderness, range of motion, strength or weakness, instability, and/or deformity of the shoulder.
3. Diagnostic tests. X-rays are usually necessary as a first step to evaluate the shoulder joint, bone structure and alignment. MRI and CT scans are usually reserved for circumstances where the evaluation suggests a more complex injury, or when the shoulder does not respond to initial treatment.

Your South Florida orthopaedic surgeon will review the results of your evaluation with you and discuss the best treatment. To get started, call the experts at Fort Lauderdale Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine for a personal consultation at (954) 400-5544. Our care can reduce pain, restore function and get you back to your normal routine.

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