Posts tagged ‘complex’

April 17, 2014

Shoulder Pain: When You Can’t Shrug It Off

Shoulder joint by National Institute Of Arthritis And Musculoskeletal And Skin Diseases (NIAMS) via Wikipedia Copright Public DomainThe shoulder is a complex joint of mythical strength (at least if your name is Atlas and you’re carrying the weight of the world on it).

 

From baseball pitching to carrying little kids to lifting overhead, the shoulder gets quite the workout. It’s important to take care of this joint – especially if it’s been injured. One of the most common injuries is to the rotator cuff tendons.

 

There are four tendons surrounding the shoulder to provide stability and assist in the normal range of motion. Pain and limited range of motion are often the first indicators that something could be wrong with those tendons. They can be inflamed, torn partially or torn full-thickness.

 

After an initial evaluation with your primary healthcare professional, you may be sent for imaging. Typically, this area can be evaluated with MRI or an  ultrasound. Some shoulder injuries are difficult to see without some fluid in the joint – this is when an MR arthrogram might be performed. MR arthrograms can evaluate partial tendon tears and provides an excellent evaluation of the labrum or cartilage lining the joint. Labral injuries may be seen in patients who have had a dislocation of their shoulder joint as well as in athletes.

 

Some of the rotator cuff tendons sit underneath the acromioclavicular joint – the smaller part of the joint on top of the shoulder. Changes in the acromioclavicular joint, either differences in the shape of the acromion or degenerative arthritis, may predispose you to problems with the rotator cuff tendons or may lead to chronic tendon irritation or tears.

 

The shoulder is a complex joint, and vital to many daily functions we don’t even think about, such as brushing your hair or lifting your groceries. So if you have an injury, pain or develop difficulty in moving your shoulder, don’t hesitate to see your doctor.

 

And remember – prevention is the best medicine! Stronger shoulders are less likely to incur injury, and strengthening the rotator cuff can be achieved. Here’s a Real Simple way to improve your shoulder health.

(Photo credit: Shoulder joint by National Institute Of Arthritis And Musculoskeletal And Skin Diseases (NIAMS) via Wikipedia Copright Public Domain)

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July 9, 2013

Introducing Dr. Greg Reuter…

Dr. Greg Reuter with CFCA-sponsored child, Irma [Photo credit: Maureen Reuter]

Dr. Greg Reuter with CFCA-sponsored child, Irma [Photo credit: Maureen Reuter]

Before we bring you the video series on neuroradiology and sinuses, we’d like to introduce our very own neuroradiologist, Dr. Greg Reuter. We are thrilled to have Dr. Reuter on our team because of his amazing skill set, his personable demeanor and his general greatness.

A lover of problem-solving, his path in radiology led him to study in detail the brain and central nervous system. If there are intricate details involved, his curiosity is piqued. He’s living his dream job – and he even has a fancy resume to show for it, but we won’t brag about all of that here. (That’s what this page is for.) He is a board certified radiologist who also has achieved a CAQ (Certificate of Added Qualification) in Neuroradiology.

Naturally oriented toward happiness, Dr. Reuter is as glad to be in the sunshine of the Midwestern flatlands where he lives as he is to be hiking in the mountains of Colorado where he grew up. He’s also the proud father of four boys and a dog (also a boy); his wife kindly lives with an overwhelming amount of male energy in the house.

You will find Dr. Reuter to be as interesting as he is kind. He re-oriented his career early on from an engineering track to medicine on the advice of his dentist (yes, you read that correctly). His idea of “taking a vacation” can include volunteering in another country with some very good people. Though he is someone who loves complexity, it is easy to simply just like him.

In the coming installment of videos on the sinuses, Dr. Reuter will take on some big words with some straightforward language. We hope you find it as educational and interesting as we do.