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Operative Treatment for Adhesive Capsulitis

Manipulation Under Anesthesia

Manipulation under anesthesia (MUA) has been used to treat adhesive capsulitis for many years. This treatment has commonly been described to prospective patients as “stretching the tight capsule” or “breaking up adhesions” within the shoulder joint. Arthroscopic visualization of the glenohumeral joint after this procedure, however, reveals that a MUA does not […]

Autologous Tissues

The use of autologous tissues about the knee has been commonplace for several years, and has included the transplantation of local tissue, transfer of remote tissue, and finally the genetic production of cloned tissue from knee cartilage cells .

A technique that has been used in the knee is transfer of autologous tissue from other […]

Cartilage

Key Points

Full-thickness articular cartilage defects have a limited capacity to heal. Thus, articular cartilage lesions and osteochondral defects in any joint present a challenging problem. Cartilage lesions are less likely to be seen in the glenohumeral joint than in the knee, therefore there has not been extensive research on shoulder cartilage repair. Making the […]

Impingement: Primary

Impingement of the tendinous portion of the rotator cuff as it passes under the coracoacromial arch is a classic cause of rotator cuff injury. The impingement syndrome, as originally described by Neer, encompasses a spectrum of pathologic changes involving the rotator cuff and associated bony changes within the coracoacromial arch, affecting primarily those 40 years […]

Humeral Bone Deficiency

Humeral head defects are commonly present in patients with shoulder instability. The defects are usually small and carry the eponym Hill-Sachs lesion when secondary to anterior instability and reverse Hill-Sachs lesions when secondary to posterior instability.

Although quite ubiquitous in recurrent anterior shoulder instability, the management of large Hill-Sachs defects remains controversial especially in […]

Physical Findings

A systematic evaluation includes observation for abnormal motion patterns and atrophy, palpation to localize painful areas, assessment of both active and passive range of motion, measurement of strength of the rotator cuff, deltoid and scapular stabilizer muscles, neurovascular examination, and finally provocative testing maneuvers for instability. It is important to examine the opposite shoulder for […]

Capsular Lesions

Traumatic intra-substance injury of the joint capsule is commonly associated with anterior dislocation. Depending on the magnitude of the anterior shear force, either plastic deformation or a complete tear of the joint capsule can occur.

The recognition of a concomitant posttraumatic capsular laxity or rupture and a Bankart lesion is essential in order to select […]

Biomechanics of Shoulder Stability-Static Stability Factor

The glenohumeral joint is inherently unstable, with the large humeral head articulating with the small and shallow glenoid. Static stability is provided by the orientation of the articular surfaces, the articular conformity of humerus and the glenoid, the glenoid labrum, the negative intra-articular pressure, the adhesion-cohesion of synovial joint fluid, and the glenohumeral joint capsule […]

Nonoperative Treatment

A trial of nonoperative care is implemented before surgical intervention is considered. The majority of patients with impingement syndrome can be managed conservatively. The treatment program consists of formal physical therapy, activity modification, anti-inflammatory, and the judicious use of steroid injections into the subacromial space.

By emphasizing the importance of following the rehabilitation protocol and […]

Glenohumeral Joint

The GH joint is a diarthrodial joint with minimal bony constraint, allowing it the largest range of motion of any major diarthrodial joint in the body. The GH joint has been described as being similar to a golf ball on a tee, with a large humeral head balanced on a smaller glenoid.

The GH joint […]