Shoulder, Elbow & Hand Specialists
With 17 Orthopedic and Sports Medicine providers, there is no need to travel far from home to get excellent orthopedic and musculoskeletal care.
For those suffering chronic shoulder, elbow or wrist pain due to injury or arthritis, the comprehensive upper extremity team at OSM utilizes the expertise of Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons and Sports Medicine Specialists to treat shoulder and elbow and wrist conditions. Our patient centered approach ensures that each patient’s care plan is based on their lifestyle, activities and goals. Our team will collaborate to explore all treatment options including non-surgical treatment, minimally invasive and Arthroscopic surgical treatment or physical therapy. If surgery is recommended, OSM offers the most advanced minimally invasive surgical treatment options anywhere in Connecticut.
Acromioclavicular (AC) joint injury is a term that describes an injury to the top of the shoulder, where the shoulder blade (acromion) attaches to the collarbone (clavicle). It is often caused by a fall or direct impact to the shoulder or as a result of repetitive overuse and strain. These injuries are common in those under the age of 35 years old and are 5 times more common in men than women. Athletes who participate in contact sports are also at high risk for this injury.
Frozen Shoulder Syndrome, also known as Adhesive Capsulitis, is a condition that causes pain and limited motion in the shoulder due to the inflammation of the ligaments of the shoulder. This condition is common in adults from ages 40-60 and is more common in women than men. Frozen Shoulder Syndrome can be caused by repetitive strain of the shoulder and has several different phases. Treatment for Frozen Shoulder Syndrome is based on which of these stages the injury is in.
Several different forms of arthritis can affect the shoulder, including Rheumatoid Arthritis or Osteoarthritis. Arthritis of the shoulder will often cause pain, weakness, stiffness and loss of motion in the shoulder. For many patients, non-surgical treatments that include injections and physical therapy can provide lasting relief. For others, a surgical shoulder procedure can be considered.
A SLAP Tear is an injury to the ring of cartilage that surrounds the shoulder joint in the area where the upper arm connects to the shoulder. This injury is common among athletes whose sport requires repetitive overhand throwing but can also be the result of a sudden trauma, such as a fall or landing on the shoulder. When this cartilage is damaged it can cause pain and weakness in the shoulder.
The biceps tendons are responsible for connecting the biceps to both the elbow and shoulder and allow the elbow to bend and rotate. These tendons can become torn, either partially or completely, as a result of a sudden traumatic injury or over time due to wear and tear. The most common symptoms of a Biceps Tendon Tear is sudden pain in the area where the tendons are attached or a sudden “pop” sound followed by immediate pain, weakness and swelling.
The UCL is a small triangular ligament that connects the ulna (wrist bone) to the humerus (upper arm). The UCL’s purpose is to prevent the elbow from bending too far in any direction. This ligament is especially important for control and torque in athletes whose sports require an overhand throwing motion. Much like a rubber band, this ligament can become damaged due to overuse and eventually tear, either partially or completely. Once the ligament is torn the elbow may become painful and unstable and athletes will suffer difficulty with control when throwing.
Elbow Tendonitis is an injury to the tendons on the inside or outside of the elbow and are commonly referred to as either “Golfer’s Elbow” or “Tennis Elbow”. When the tendons become irritated due to strain or overuse, pain may be felt on the inside or outside of the elbow as well as weakness in the hands. Despite the names, these injuries do not affect only athletes and the most common cause of this injury is activities or occupations that require repetitive use of the elbow, wrist and hand.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the most common nerve compression disorder in the hand. It occurs due to pressure on the median nerve which is located at the top of the wrist. While most cases are the result of overuse, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be worsened by repetitive activities or even pregnancy.
Physical therapy is an integral part of the treatment of orthopaedic and sports injuries. At OSM, our providers work closely with one another to provide the ideal care for each patient. Many times, physical therapy is used in conjunction with therapeutic injections to maximize pain relief and strengthening.
The goal of this procedure is to repair the damaged rotator cuff using sutures and/or small screws to reattach and strengthen the damaged tendon. During this procedure, two small holes are made around the shoulder and a small camera, known as an arthroscope, is inserted into the shoulder. Once inserted, the surgeon will remove any loose fragments of bone or tendon that may be causing pain. Next, the rotator cuff is sewn back together and attached to the humerus to increase stability.
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
Arthroscopic Shoulder Procedures are used to treat a variety of shoulder injuries including, rotator cuff tears, labral tears or arthritis in the shoulder. During an arthroscopic shoulder procedure a small hole(s) is made around the shoulder and a small camera, known as an arthroscope, is inserted into the shoulder. Once the arthroscope is inserted, the surgeon can identify the damaged area of the shoulder and remove excess cartilage or bone fragments. In other instances, the surgeon may repair the ligaments and tendons of the shoulder utilizing small sutures or screws.
Arthroscopic Elbow Procedures are used to treat a variety of elbow injuries, including Biceps Tendon Tears, tendon and ligament Injuries and Elbow Arthritis. During an arthroscopic elbow procedure a small hole(s) is made around the elbow and a small camera, known as an arthroscope, is inserted into the elbow. Once the arthroscope is inserted, the surgeon can identify the damaged area of the elbow and remove excess cartilage or bone fragments. In other instances, the surgeon may repair the ligaments and tendons of the shoulder utilizing small sutures or screws.
By Ira F.
I had a torn rotator cuff and partially frozen shoulder. Dr. Redler did an outstanding job fixing my shoulder. The surgery and recovery went exactly as he explained it would. He took his time explaining all of my options and patiently answered all of my questions. I highly recommend him and would absolutely go to him again for any orthopedic needs.
by Rita G.
Excellent doctor! Would recommend to any one of my friends and family. He performed rotator cuff surgery on me. It was minimally invasive, no complications, and I healed perfectly. I have total confidence in him and would use him again for any other orthopedic/sports medicine injuries!!!
By Andrea R.
Dr. Redler put my son’s shoulder back together after a football injury. He did a perfect job, he had no problems whatsoever playing baseball that same year. A great surgeon!