Shoulder Treatments

Joint Preservation

What is Joint Preservation? Joint preservation is specialized treatment option for patients who have osteoarthritis and degenerative conditions in the shoulder. These debilitating type of conditions can present with arthritis, cartilage damage, degenerative labral tears, shoulder synovitis, and fraying of the tendons and ligaments of the shoulder.  Some of these conditions can occur in [...]

Joint Preservation

AC Joint Reconstruction and Shoulder Separation Repair

What is an AC joint separation? The acromioclavicular joint, or AC joint, is located on the top of the shoulder, where the clavicle (collarbone) attaches to the roof of the shoulder, called the acromion.  An AC joint separation is also known as a “shoulder separation” or “separated shoulder”.  The AC joint is easily found [...]

AC Joint Reconstruction and Shoulder Separation Repair

Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair

What is a Rotator Cuff? The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that come together as tendons that insert on the ball of the upper arm bone (humerus) and keep the ball firmly held within the shallow socket (glenoid) of the shoulder blade (scapula). The rotator cuff’s tendons provide stability to the [...]

Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair

Revision Shoulder Replacement Surgery

What is revision shoulder replacement surgery? The shoulder is a ball and socket joint with cartilage that lines the bones, allowing for easy, stable and smooth motion.  The shoulder is also the most mobile joint in the body.  The shoulder’s motion is what allows us to precisely use our arms for lifting, carrying, pushing [...]

Revision Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Pectoralis Tendon Repair

What is a pectoralis tendon tear? The pectoralis major muscle, more commonly known as the “pec,” is a large muscle located on the chest wall. The pec is a very powerful muscle that is critical for maximum strength in labor intensive workers, athletes and active individuals. The pectoralis tendon connects the pectoralis muscle from [...]

Pectoralis Tendon Repair

Clavicle Fracture Repair

What is clavicle fracture repair? A clavicle fracture, also known as a broken collarbone, is fairly common and accounts for about five percent of all adult bone fractures. Most clavicle fractures occur from a fall onto the shoulder or falling on an outstretched arm. A frequent occurrence for athletes, collarbone fractures are seen in [...]

Clavicle Fracture Repair

Shoulder Replacement

What is a Total Shoulder Replacement? Total shoulder replacement, also known as total shoulder arthroplasty, is a well-established surgical procedure used to treat severe shoulder pain and stiffness caused by end-stage arthritis or degenerative joint disease.  The primary purpose of shoulder replacement surgery is to relieve shoulder pain. Secondary goals are to restore motion, [...]

Shoulder Replacement

Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

What is Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement? In the United States thousands of conventional, “regular”, or “anatomical” total shoulder replacements are successfully done for patients with shoulder arthritis.  Anatomical or conventional total shoulder replacement replaces the normal anatomy of the shoulder by using a metal ball and plastic cup. The ball is fitted and specifically [...]

Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

Biceps Tenodesis

Biceps Tenodesis to Repair the Biceps Tendon What is Biceps Tenodesis? Biceps tenodesis is a surgery performed by the orthopedic shoulder specialists at The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho, to repair a damaged, unstable, or inflamed biceps tendon. This procedure is typically used when the biceps tendon causes pain in and around the shoulder. Most [...]

Biceps Tenodesis

Arthroscopic Capsular Release for Shoulder Stiffness

What causes shoulder stiffness? The shoulder joint is made of several joints that combine with tendons and muscles to allow a wide range of motion of the arm.  Mobility has its price however, as it makes the shoulder more susceptible to injury than other joints which can result in shoulder pain and shoulder stiffness. [...]

Arthroscopic Capsular Release for Shoulder Stiffness