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Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder Impingement as a Cause of Shoulder Pain Shoulder pain is a common complaint in Dr. Matthew Provencher’s orthopedic office, shoulder specialist serving the communities of Vail, Aspen and Denver, Colorado. Shoulder impingement is an extremely common cause of joint pain and may occur with no apparent cause. Shoulder impingement refers to pinching, or [...]

Shoulder Arthritis

An Overview on Shoulder Arthritis It is estimated approximately 20% of the older, adult population is affected by shoulder arthritis. Arthritis of the shoulder causes patients to feel chronic shoulder joint pain, stiffness, and weakness. Patients living in the Vail, Aspen and Denver, Colorado area suffering from shoulder arthritis are encouraged to contact Dr. Matthew [...]

Snapping Scapula Syndrome

An Overview on Snapping Scapula Syndrome (Scapulothoracic Bursitis) Commonly known as the shoulder blade, the scapula provides a wide range of motion to the upper body and shoulder joint. The scapulothoracic bursa serves an important role within the joint by allowing smooth, pain-free movement of the scapula against the ribcage. When the scapulothoracic bursa, [...]

SC Joint Injury

SC Joint Injury Overview The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is an important joint within the shoulder, located between the sternum (breastbone) and the clavicle (collarbone). An SC joint injury is relatively uncommon, accounting for an estimated 5 percent of all shoulder injuries, because of the very strong supporting ligaments and joint capsule. Injuries to the SC [...]

Rotator Cuff Tear

Rotator Cuff Tear Overview A rotator cuff injury is quite common in both young and older active individuals. The rotator cuff is composed of four muscle-tendon units that surround the shoulder joint and provide overhead arm motion and strength. Rotator cuff injuries, such as a rotator cuff tear, can occur during sports activities, from a [...]

Labral & SLAP Tears

Labral, SLAP & Bankart Tear Overview The labrum is a c-shaped rim of cartilage found in the shoulder joint surrounding the glenoid (socket). The labrum serves two important functions – an attachment site for the biceps tendon and the glenohumeral ligaments, as well as to deepen the socket so the shoulder remains in place during [...]

Frozen Shoulder

An Overview on Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis) Frozen shoulder, otherwise known as adhesive capsulitis, is a painful and troublesome shoulder condition which restricts normal joint movement and causes joint pain. This condition develops when the joint’s soft tissue begins to thicken and contract from scar tissue formation. In some cases, a “stiff shoulder” can cause [...]

Fractured Shoulder

Fractured Shoulder Overview Trauma to the shoulder joint, resulting in a fractured shoulder, can occur from sudden force or impact during sports activities or a traumatic event. A shoulder fracture occurs within the joint structure and appears on an x-ray as a break or crack in the bone. Dr. Matthew Provencher, orthopedic shoulder specialist in [...]

Dislocated Shoulder

Shoulder Instability Caused by a Shoulder Dislocation The shoulder is considered the most mobile joint in the body and has the ability to move and turn in a number of directions. While this high degree of mobility is advantageous, the wide range of motion also causes the shoulder to be highly susceptible to injury. A [...]

Biceps Tendonitis

An Overview on Biceps Tendonitis Even though the biceps tendons are quite tough, they can become inflamed from repetitive movements and the natural aging process. Commonly located in the long head biceps tendon that attaches the biceps muscle to the front of the shoulder, biceps tendonitis causes patients to experience bicep pain during movement that [...]