FAQs about Shoulder Injuries and Conditions

Find answers to frequently asked questions about shoulder injuries and conditions. If you have additional questions about a shoulder injury including slap lesions, rotator cuff tear, bursitis, frozen shoulder, or some other shoulder pain, give us a call at 502-212-2663 for an appointment or more information.

Does shoulder bursitis go away without treatment?

Bursitis in the shoulder can occur overnight without an inciting event. It can be very painful. The quickest way to relieve shoulder bursitis is with the use of a NSAID, ice vs moist heat, sports creams, relative rest or a cortisone injection.

What is a rotator cuff tear?

The rotator cuff is a series of 4 muscles that join together to form the rotator cuff tendon. When the tendon tears or becomes avulsed from its attachment site on the shoulder bone (humerus) it is called a rotator cuff tear.

Why does the risk of a rotator cuff tear increase with age?

The risk of shoulder injuries like a rotator cuff tear increases with age because the rotator cuff tendon becomes less vascular and more stiff over time. These features predispose people as they age to a rotator cuff tear.

How many shoulder cases does orthopedic surgeon Dr. Stacie Grossfeld treat a year?

In 2011, Dr. Grossfeld performed 153 shoulder cases.

What is Dr. Grossfeld’s surgical site infection rate? .006%

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