What Can Shoulder Arthroscopy Diagnose?

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Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that allows orthopedic surgeons to examine, diagnose, and treat various conditions causing shoulder pain. At Precision Surgery Center of Napa Valley, our skilled team uses this advanced technique to provide effective solutions for a wide range of shoulder injuries. But what exactly can shoulder arthroscopy diagnose? Our orthopedic surgeons are here to help you understand how this treatment can help you identify, diagnose, and treat a range of shoulder issues. Read on to learn more, or contact our Napa, CA facility to schedule a consultation.

Can shoulder arthroscopy diagnose rotator cuff tears?

A rotator cuff tear is one of the most common shoulder injuries diagnosed through arthroscopy. These occur when one or more of the tendons making up the rotator cuff are damaged or torn. Symptoms typically include persistent shoulder pain, weakness, and decreased mobility. Arthroscopy can not only diagnose the condition but also determine the extent of the damage, aiding in creating an accurate and personalized treatment plan.

How can shoulder arthroscopy identify shoulder instability?

Shoulder instability happens when the structures surrounding the shoulder joint do not work to maintain the ball within the socket. This condition can cause discomfort, recurrent dislocation, and a general feeling of the shoulder giving way. Chronic pain in the shoulder may indicate instability. Arthroscopy can help diagnose shoulder instability by examining the labrum and the ligaments for any signs of damage or wear.

Is shoulder arthroscopy useful in uncovering frozen shoulder?

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is characterized by pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. It typically occurs slowly over time, and its cause can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint. Through arthroscopy, our Napa, CA team can rule out other causes of shoulder pain and confirm a diagnosis of frozen shoulder, guiding our patients toward the right treatment options.

Can shoulder arthroscopy detect arthritis of the shoulder?

Arthritis can affect any joint, and the shoulder is no exception. This degenerative condition involves the breakdown of cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones in the shoulder joint, leading to shoulder pain and restricted movement. Arthroscopy is a valuable tool in diagnosing arthritis of the shoulder, as it allows our surgeons to see the degree of cartilage wear and joint damage, enabling a more precise treatment approach.

How can shoulder arthroscopy assess biceps tendonitis?

Biceps tendonitis is inflammation of the bicep tendon, the tissue that connects muscle to bone in your upper arm. Symptoms can include pain in the front of the shoulder, weakness in the arm, and a popping or clicking sensation. Shoulder arthroscopy can help diagnose this condition by providing a clear view of the tendon and surrounding areas to assess inflammation or damage.

Shoulder arthroscopy at a glance

To summarize, shoulder arthroscopy at Precision Surgery Center of Napa Valley can diagnose and assess the extent of:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder instability
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Arthritis of the shoulder
  • Biceps tendonitis

Diagnose your shoulder pain today

At Precision Surgery Center of Napa Valley, we are dedicated to utilizing best-in-class diagnostic tools, like shoulder arthroscopy, to provide our patients with accurate diagnoses and personalized treatment plans for their shoulder pain. With shoulder arthroscopy, we can ensure that every patient receives the best possible care for their unique situation, from rotator cuff injuries to generalized shoulder pain. Trust us to help you navigate the road to recovery, one step at a time. Contact our orthopedic surgeons in Napa, CA to learn more.

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