The bones of the shoulder are the humerus, scapula, and clavicle. There are three main joints formed by these bones including the acromioclavicular (AC) joint, the sternoclavicular (SC) joint, and the glenohumeral joint. The AC joint is formed by the highest point of the scapula (known as the acromion), and the clavicle. The SC joint is formed by the intersection of the sternum and the clavicle. The glenohumeral joint is the “ball-and-socket” joint of the shoulder formed by the head or “ball” of the humerus and the cup or “socket” of the glenoid (which is the lateral part of the scapula). The glenohumeral joint allows a greater range of motion than any other joint in the body. Thus, shoulder injuries or conditions can easily compromise both mobility and stability at these joints, leading to increased pain and functional loss.
Our premier shoulder surgeons, Dr. McNamara, Dr. Paisley, and Dr. Gray offer everything from conservative non-surgical treatment, to minimally invasive treatment, to more complex surgical procedures such as shoulder reconstruction or shoulder replacement. Our primary goals are to both relieve pain and restore function to get you back to your active Alaskan lifestyle.
For more information on preparing for and recovering from shoulder surgery, see these pointers from a patient’s perspective: Shoulder Surgery Tips & Tricks
For general discharge instructions following shoulder surgery, please review the following: Shoulder Surgery Discharge Instructions
Common shoulder injuries and conditions we treat are listed below: