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Orthopaedic shoulder conditions, treatments and procedures
The shoulder is the most flexible joint in the body. It allows us an incredible range of motion and is well supported by a complex structure of tendons, ligaments and muscles. This flexibility also makes it vulnerable to overuse and injury. Left untreated it can lead to severe pain and discomfort.
Orthopaedic shoulder surgeons specialise specifically in fractures, dislocations, degenerative conditions, injuries and disorders of both the shoulder. Our specialists have an extensive understanding of the broad spectrum of conditions that can affect this joint alongside a wide range of experience in the latest treatments and surgical techniques.
Shoulder pain is not uncommon and can cause severe discomfort. Common shoulder conditions include rotator cuff tear, torn cartilage, swollen tendons or dislocation.
Common symptoms of shoulder include severe pain that does not respond to medication or rest, restricted movement, and clicking. If the pain intensifies over time and consistently impacts your full range of motion, it is best to speak to a healthcare professional.
At St Vincent’s Private Hospitals, our orthopaedic surgeons specialise specifically in shoulder care and are considered among Australia’s leading practitioners. We are committed to supporting patients at every step of their healthcare journey through surgical excellence, outstanding facilities and patient-centred care.
I have a shoulder condition, what are my next steps?
Talk to one of our orthopaedic shoulder specialists who will help diagnose your condition and explain the best treatment options available to you.
If you have been experiencing persistent shoulder pain that has lasted beyond a few weeks and does not respond to medication or rest, the first step is to make an appointment with your GP. Your doctor will perform a thorough physical examination.
Sometimes, further tests may be necessary such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), an ultrasound or an X-ray. For most patients, shoulder conditions will heal over time with the appropriate treatment, but in some cases surgery may be required. Once your doctor has confirmed the results, you will be referred to an orthopaedic specialist for a consultation at your St Vincent’s Private Hospital of choice, where you can discuss all the available treatment options.
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