At Riverside, we know that constant shoulder or elbow pain doesn't have to be a way of life.
To relieve your pain and inflammation, your doctor may recommend joint injections, physical therapy and other therapies. But, for some, the nonsurgical route doesn't provide enough pain relief and surgery is the next level of treatment.
Riverside orthopedic surgeons often use a minimally invasive procedure called arthroscopic surgery. Many shoulder and most elbow conditions can be treated using outpatient arthroscopic surgery, which has the advantage of allowing the surgeon to see inside the joint using a miniature video camera with an incision as small as a quarter of an inch.
Conditions commonly treated with arthroscopic surgery include:
For some conditions, the minimally invasive procedures are not effective. For these more complex joint problems, the surgeon must use surgery. The purpose for all of these surgeries is to relieve pain and restore function by reconstructing, replacing or realigning the joint. There are several types of arthroplasty procedures:
Total joint replacement