The Amazing Benefits of Shoulder Arthroscopy For Treating Shoulder Pain

When active and major joints like your shoulders are in pain, you quickly realize just how important they are in your day-to-day life. Everything from driving your car to eating dinner involves your shoulder joints, so when pain strikes, the effects can be far-reaching. Rather than piling onto the problem with invasive surgery, explore how minimally invasive shoulder arthroscopy can bring you much-needed relief.

At our practice, board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Timothy Wilson has extensive experience using arthroscopy to remedy a host of musculoskeletal complaints. From diagnosis to treatment, arthroscopy can play a beneficial role in getting you back to pain-free movement.

As an example, here's a look at how shoulder arthroscopy can help you wave goodbye to shoulder pain.

Behind the pain

Your shoulders are shallow ball-and-socket joints that are inherently unstable, which is what allows you the wide range of motion in your arms. This freedom of movement can come at a cost, however, as the connective tissues within this joint have to work harder to keep the joint stable.

The most common issues that lead to shoulder pain include acute injuries, as well as repetitive stress problems, including:

This list is by no means comprehensive, but it gives you an idea of the types of problems that we routinely face — and successfully treat — at our practice.

Finding relief from shoulder pain through arthroscopy

As orthopedic specialists, our goal is twofold: To relieve your discomfort and to resolve the underlying cause of your shoulder pain for long-term results. When you first come in, we spend some time reviewing your symptoms and medical history. 

From there, we use advanced imaging to get a closer look at what’s going inside your shoulder. While this technology is critical in helping us make a preliminary assessment, we often need a firsthand look to guide us on next steps.

To accomplish this, we turn to arthroscopy, which is a minimally invasive surgical technique in which we thread a specialized camera through a small incision. The camera feeds us high-definition, real-time images of the structures inside your shoulder, allowing us to “visualize” the problem without resorting to open surgery. 

As a diagnostic tool, shoulder arthroscopy is extremely valuable, but its benefits hardly end there. Once we identify the problem that’s causing your shoulder pain, more often than not, we can remedy the issue at the same time.

Using the camera to guide us, we insert small instruments through additional incisions and perform the work necessary to relieve your pain, including:

Since we’re only making small incisions to do the work, you benefit in myriad ways over traditional surgery, including:

If you’d like to explore whether you’re a candidate for shoulder arthroscopy, we invite you to contact our office in Lexington, Kentucky, to set up a consultation.

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