Shoulder pain is a common problem for obvious reasons. As the most flexible joint in the body, the shoulder joint allows for the placement and rotation of the arm in many positions in front and behind the body, as well as above and to the side. This flexibility makes the shoulder quite susceptible to instability, injury and various degrees of shoulder pain. Treatment depends on the nature of your shoulder pain problem, but often, nonsurgical methods of treatment to shoulder pain are recommended before surgery. However, in some instances, delaying the surgical repair of a shoulder can increase the likelihood that the shoulder pain problem will be more difficult to treat. Early, correct diagnosis and treatment of shoulder pain can make a significant difference in the long run.
Surgical vs. non surgical treatment of shoulder injury
Not all shoulder injuries require surgical treatment. In fact, up to 40% of all referrals to shoulder specialists are non-surgical. To provide more options for non-surgical patients with shoulder injuries Canadian Surgery Solutions has partnered with LifeMark Health to create a non-surgical shoulder care program at LifeMark Health’s facility at the Max Bell Arena. To learn more about this program call LifeMark Health at 403.569.8812.
Shoulder Care Centre
Collaborative, Multi-Disciplinary Treatment Planning for Patients with Shoulder Disorders
The Shoulder Care Centre (SCC) provides an innovative service to improve access and management of patients with shoulder disorders through a multidisciplinary, team-oriented model of care involving Orthopedic Surgeons, Sports Medicine Physicians and Physiotherapists.
The specialized team at the Shoulder Care Centre will streamline the assessment and treatment of shoulder disorders and ensure that patients are receiving the most appropriate care. Our multidisciplinary approach fosters communication and collaboration between the patient and all care providers in an efficient manner.
Each individual referral is reviewed to determine which professional is most appropriate for initial consultation. Referrals from family physicians, sports medicine physicians, physiotherapists, chiropractors, and any other health care professional will be accepted. In addition, patients may access the clinic directly.
Based on the findings of the initial consult, the Shoulder Care Centre team will develop and implement an individualized conservative treatment plan, which may include: a customized exercise program, education, bracing, physiotherapy services, cortisone or PRP injection, massage therapy, pain management planning, and traditional and non-traditional medicine.
- If appropriate, further diagnostics and/or a surgical consultation will be coordinated immediately.
- The outcome of the consultation, treatment plan and any changes in treatment planning will be communicated to the patient’s family physician.
- An assessment fee of $175 encompasses costs associated with uninsured services provided in this multidisciplinary, comprehensive spectrum of care.
Common shoulder injuries for surgical repair include rotator cuff tears, acromioplasty and shoulder stabilization to address shoulder dislocation(s).
- Rotator cuff repair: usually performed arthroscopically but sometimes done using ‘mini-open’ technique with the goal to reattach tendons in the shoulder to bone.
- Acromioplasty: an arthroscopy procedure to widen the space between the upper arm and the shoulder blade so that the rotator cuff tendons do not get stuck between them.
- Shoulder stabilization: the objective of the procedure is to tighten and repair the static stabilizers in the shoulder joint to prevent future dislocation. This means that physiotherapy after the procedure is often necessary to help regain flexibility and strength while the shoulder is healing.
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