For shoulder and elbow injuries, what must be done is based primarily on how severe it is. If a serious injury occurs, a shoulder joint replacement similar to the hip replacement procedure described above is needed. For less serious injuries, such as a rotator cuff or labrum with the shoulder, and minor ligament tears in the elbow, outpatient arthroscopic surgery can be used. The healing time for these procedures on the shoulder are very lengthy, with three to four weeks of your shoulder being secured in a sling, followed by total recovery and physical therapy and rehabilitation lasting up to four months. For elbow replacement, the recovery process may take up to three months, while arthroscopic surgery is only about four weeks.
Northtowns Orthopedics, P.C. is pleased to provide the following information about shoulder issues for your continuing education: