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As the most flexible joint in your body, your shoulder is also one of the most important - and, sadly, one of the most susceptible to injury. For many people who have begun to lose that essential flexibility, either as the result of overuse or due to a particular injury, a wide range of different surgical procedures may be required. When that day comes, however, you have nothing to worry about - because the team at O'Grady Orthopaedics are not only experts in this particular field, but are among the most well-respected group of providers operating anywhere in Pensacola or the surrounding areas today.
Shoulder Surgery: What You Need to Know
The most important thing for you to understand about shoulder surgery is that the shoulder itself is what is referred to as a "ball and socket" joint. It's made up of just three bones - the humerus, the scapula, and the clavicle. The ball at the top of your arm bone fits neatly into a socket to form the shoulder joint. This socket is also surrounded by a very soft type of tissue. Depending on the type of surgery that is required to fix your injury, you may need to replace the ball, the socket, this unique type of material or all of the above.
Shoulder surgery can be used to help successfully treat a huge variety of different issues, including but not limited to things like:
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- A Fractured Collarbone or Humerus
- Acromioclavicular Joint Separation
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- And Many, Many More
All told, recovery from shoulder surgery happens fairly quickly, and most people are back to their "normal" state in a matter of weeks. Any pain that you might experience can be easily managed using the right prescription medication and regular visits to your physical therapists.
It's important to note, however, that the shoulder exercises outlined to you by the team at O'Grady Orthopaedics are essential for helping to prevent similar issues like this from cropping up again in the future. Indeed, those people who stick to these exercises - and who follow through with their physical therapy - are typically the ones who have the best medical outcomes after shoulder surgery has been completed. You'll also be asked to make regular return visits to O'Grady Orthopaedics for follow-up examinations to help make sure that all affected areas - including bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and more - are healing properly and are fully returned to normal.
Contact O'Grady Orthopaedics Today
One of the keys to successful shoulder surgery involves finding a provider that you know you can trust - someone who will proudly stand by your side every step of the way. At O'Grady Orthopaedics, we've proudly acted as that trusted provider for people just like you for years. To find out more information about what shoulder surgery involves and what you can expect, or to get answers to any other pressing questions you may have, please feel free to contact O'Grady Orthopaedics today.