Robert Greene, M.D.
Orthopedic Surgeon
(509) 454-8888
Orthopedic Patients

Shoulder Surgery


Bones of the shoulder joint
Figure 1. Bones of the shoulder joint.

The shoulder is one of the most complex and versatile joints in the body. It is composed of three bones (Figure 1: humerus, clavicle, and scapula) and comprises three separate joints (Figure 2). It is a highly mobile and functional joints. It is also one of the most commonly injured joints.


Common problems in the shoulder joint include frozen shoulder syndrome, rotator cuff tears, impingement syndrome, labral tears, biceps tendon tears, shoulder dislocations, and arthritis.


Figure 2.

Fortunately, the great majority of shoulder problems do not require surgery. In fact, over 90% of patients presenting with complaints in the shoulder are successfully managed with medical management and specialized physical therapy.


When conservative interventions fail arthroscopic and arthroscopic assisted methods handle all but the most severe and complex problems of the shoulder.

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