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Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage (cushion) of your bone begins to break down. This is the most common form of arthritis which affects older generations from wear and tear in the joints.
Bicep tendon tears occur when the tissue fails around the shoulder joint often leading to pain and (Popeye) muscle deformity.
Bursitis occurs when the small sacs, or bursa, between the bone and other moving parts, become inflamed. Tendonitis is an inflammation or irritation of a tendon. Both conditions affect movement causing pain and stiffness.
Shoulder impingement affects the outer edge of your shoulder blade from tendons rubbing or pinching the rotator cuff. This causes discomfort during certain movements of the arm. See more information on rotator cuff injuries below.
Frozen Shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that affects the shoulder capsule. Pain in the shoulder joint feels stiff and tight making it harder to move your arms.
Rotator cuff injuries affect the shoulder joint which is surrounded by muscles and tendons. These muscles and tendons keep the head of your upper arm bone firmly in the socket of your shoulder. This injury may cause aching in the shoulder and worsens when moving the arm away from the body.
The shoulder joint can be dislocated or separated when the ball on top of the upper arm bone leaves the socket or shoulder blade. The tissues around the shoulder blade can be injured during the dislocation or separation.
A SLAP tear results in shoulder pain from an injury or overuse. SLAP, or labrum tears, stands for Superior Labrum, Anterior to Posterior. When your labrum tears, the point between your shoulder blade and bicep tendons loses connection.
Matt Friederichs, MD
Dr. Matt Friederichs is a board-certified fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in shoulder and knee surgery.
- Sports Medicine Fellowship: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
- Orthopedic Surgery Residency: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
- General Surgeon Internship: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
- Medical School: University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
- Undergraduate: University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
- Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
- American Medical Association
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons