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Rotator Cuff Injuries: Causes and Treatments
Rotator Cuff Injuries: Causes and Treatments
By Dr. Hulsey Almost any movement of the shoulders involve the rotator cuff especially motion above the shoulder level. This group of muscles and tendons that surround and support the shoulder joint keep the top of your upper arm bone firmly inside the shallow socket of your shoulder. If you are experiencing pain in your shoulder, you should consult a physician. If your physician has already determined that you need rotator cuff surgery, here are some things you can expect. Who is at risk for a rotator cuff injury? Rotator cuffs are prone to injury and can often be damaged while performing work or athletic activity involving overhead motions like painting, hammering and playing tennis or baseball. As you age, your rotator cuff can show signs of wear and will be more easily injured. If there is a family history of joint issues, especially rotator cuff injuries, you may be at increased risk because of your genetics. What is rotator cuff disease? This damage to the rotator cuff is known as “rotator cuff disease” and can occur from any cause, including a single injury ...

Dr. Gary J. Schmidt Joins Orthopedic Associates
Dr. Gary J. Schmidt Joins Orthopedic Associates
Orthopedic Associates is pleased to announce that Dr. Gary J. Schmidt joined our group of providers on April 1, 2018. Dr. Schmidt is an orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon specializing in INBONE ® Total Ankle Replacement, post-traumatic reconstruction of the foot and ankle; foot and ankle deformity in adults; athletic injuries; and common foot problems, including bunions and heel pain. He has been in practice for 23 years. He received his medical degree from the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Royal College of Surgeons, American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons and Academy of American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Schmidt has been a clinical instructor at the Washington University Department of Orthopedics and St. Louis University Department of Orthopedics, as well as an instructor at Concordia University. He served as a team physician for the McGill Redman hockey team, and a clinical advisor for Acumed Company, Trimed Inc., and Amniox Medical Inc. He holds two patents and has been published in various medical journals. Make your appointment ...

Exercises to Help You Recover from Shoulder Surgery
Exercises to Help You Recover from Shoulder Surgery
By: Dr. Pitts   Because your shoulder can move in multiple directions, it is a complicated joint that helps you perform almost all daily activities. Think about the multiple times per day you reach for something, eat or brush your teeth, get dressed or give a friend a high five. All these activities and more involve your shoulder joint, so when it’s not working right it can be debilitating. If you have shoulder surgery, you can expect your recovery time to be anywhere from six months to a year. Recovery from arthroscopic shoulder surgery, in which the doctor operates through a small incision, the recovery process is usually less. However, your recovery time can vary greatly depending on the type of injury, type of surgery and how healthy you were before surgery.  After a period of post-operative care and immobilization to allow for recovery, you should begin to work with a physical therapist to perform gentle, assisted exercises. This activity will help you regain movement and range of motion in your shoulder while it is still actively healing.  Passive Range of Motion Exercise To begin, ...