You shouldn’t have to “just live” with shoulder pain. Whether you are a young athlete who is experiencing problems because of repeated use, or you are an adult who simply suffers from debilitating arthritis, you need a provider who will give you the right tools.
At Columbus Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Clinic, you will find providers who care about you and your quality of life. We work with you to determine your goals, and we won’t stop until you have found relief.
There are many options for treating shoulder pain, including:
• Anti-inflammatory medications.
• Activity modification.
• Physical therapy.
But sometimes, medical treatment is not enough, as with severe osteoarthritis or a rotator cuff tear that is damaged beyond repair. In these cases, shoulder replacement surgery or reverse shoulder replacement surgery is the best option.
Kaare Kolstad, Jr., MD. performs shoulder surgeries. During the procedure, he replaces the joint with a metal ball in the upper arm bone that is connected to a stem inserted down the humerus. The surgeon then uses a cup-shaped piece of plastic to replace the socket.
Patients who have torn rotator cuffs cannot have a total shoulder replacement, but they may be able to have the reverse procedure, in which the ball is on the socket side and the socket is on the ball side. Surgeons usually perform this procedure for people who have a rotator cuff tear who have also developed arthritis.
Surgeons at Columbus Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Clinic partner with Columbus Community Hospital to provide the Surge program for joint replacement patients. The program starts with education before surgery. Each potential patient chooses a coach — usually a family member or loved one — who will be an active participant in their care before, during and after discharge from the hospital.
The patient and coach are required to attend a class three to four weeks before the surgery. During the class, they meet the Surge team and learn about the procedure, what to expect in the hospital and how to care for the patient after discharge.
At Columbus Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Clinic, our surgeons focus on finding the best treatment plan for each individual patient. To make an appointment or learn more about shoulder treatment, call 402-562-4700.