The shoulder is the most versatile and dynamic joint in the human body. It offers more range of motion that any other joint, giving you the ability to do anything from combing your hair, to climbing a ladder, to throwing a ball. This ability relies on a complex interaction between a ball (humeral head) and a socket (the glenoid) as well as the shoulder blade and the chest wall (thorax). These interactions are heavily dependent on complex interactions between multiple soft tissues including the cartilage, ligaments and muscles/tendons. Any disruption or injury of these balanced interactions can cause significant pain, impairment, and possible disability. Accurate diagnosis of these injuries or conditions is the first step in returning the joint to an optimal function.
Appropriate, non-operative management of shoulder injuries or conditions is always the first choice. This may include physical therapy, medications, corticosteroid injections or other therapeutic measures. Factors affecting the decision between operative and non-operative treatment include the type of injury or condition, previous treatments attempted and primarily the functional needs of the patient. The patient will be given all of the information necessary to make an informed decision in their care. Dr. Lenarz will take the time to ensure that the patient understands the risks and benefits of all treatment options, the expected timeline of recovery and provide further references to ensure that the patient is well informed and comfortable with the decision.
When necessary, Dr. Lenarz will use the most contemporary and advanced surgical techniques to address the injury or condition. Most surgical interventions can be done with minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques however, it may be necessary to use open surgical techniques to adequately address the more complex issues of the shoulder.
Our primary goal is to compassionately treat the patient’s injury or condition expediently and return them to their optimal function and aid in achieving their goals; be it competing as a high level athlete, returning to gainful employment at the same pre-injury functional level, or improving the patient’s daily life by improving pain, range of motion or both.