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Exercises that Strengthen Your Hand and Prevent Injuries
Exercises that Strengthen Your Hand and Prevent Injuries

We are constantly using our hands. They perform countless tasks, small and large, from driving, writing, playing a musical instrument, eating, opening a jar, to turning a key, pouring coffee, or buttoning a shirt. Our hands also help us communicate with others. Although our hands are very important and integral to daily activities, they are also very easily hurt or injured. Whether through work, play, or simply a freak accident like slamming your hand in the car door, we are all just a clap and a snap away from a hand injury. So, what can you do to strengthen your hands and prevent possible injuries? 

When you are plagued with hand pain, even the most basic tasks and activities can be difficult to accomplish. Hand pain, or any type of pain for that matter, is disruptive and debilitating. The hands are very susceptible to injury, and conditions such as arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) can cause symptoms of pain, stiffness, and loss of flexibility and mobility in the joints. Joint problems happen to be the most common cause of hand pain and disability. 

Some exercises can help increase your hand joint's range of motion, while also strengthening the muscles around the joint. Whether recovering from an injury, or trying to prevent one, hand exercises can improve strength and dexterity to help sustain hand health.

If you have a serious hand or wrist injury, consult your doctor first before participating in any exercise routines. All exercises should be done in a slow and methodical manner, to avoid pain and injury. Do these stretches gently, until you feel the stretch, but stop if you start to feel any pain. Hold the positions for a count of 15 to 30 seconds to get the most benefit. These hand exercises aim to allow your wrist and fingers to move through their normal range of motion, while stretching, strengthening, and conditioning the hands. 

1.     Fist Flex: Open your hand all the way with your fingers spread apart and upright. Slowly bring your hand into a fist with your thumbs being on the outside. Don’t squeeze or clench your fist tightly. Open and close your hand like this 10-15 times. This exercise will help make sure that your hand and fingers have proper range of motion.

2.     Wrist Rotations: Rest your forearms on a chair or table where your fingers are hanging freely. Bend your wrists backwards and lift your hands up towards you, and then lower them.

3.     Grip Strengthener: Hold a soft ball, like a stress ball in the palm of your hand and squeeze as hard as you can and release after a few seconds. This exercise will help with grip strength and range of motion.

4.     Finger Lift: Gently lift your fingers one at a time to help increase motion and flexibility in your fingers.

5.     Warm Your Hands: If your hands and fingers feel painful and stiff, warm them up before you exercise. This can make mobility and stretching easier and less painful. Use a heating pad or soak them in warm water for about five to ten minutes.

To learn more about the hand and exercises that will help relieve pain, or improve strength, function, and mobility, call South Palm Orthopedics at (561) 496-6622 or request an appointment online.





mi-eye 2™ - Breakthrough Technology Replaces MRI for Diagnosing Orthopedic Injuries in Palm Beach County

Delray Beach, Florida orthopedic surgeon Dr.  William P. Toole of South Palm Orthopedics uses new diagnostic tool to swiftly identify orthopedic injuries that would otherwise require an MRI

Delray Beach, FL (PRWEB) February 13, 2018 – Ordinarily, patients suffering from joint pain need an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to locate the source of their injury. However, many who have an MRI experience anxiety attacks, claustrophobia and negative reactions during the study. And patients with metal implants – such as pacemakers and defibrillators – can’t use an MRI for diagnostic purposes.

Now a new revolutionary tool called the mi-eye 2™ is replacing an MRI for diagnosing orthopedic injuries at South Palm Orthopedics. Dr. William P. Toole, a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon at South Palm Orthopedics who specializes in sports medicine and complex injuries of the shoulder, hip and knee, uses the mi-eye to examine and easily visualize patient injuries and provide in-office analysis for faster diagnosis of many conditions. And his patients couldn’t be happier.

Dr. Toole’s extensive training includes the latest arthroscopic techniques for the surgical management of complex shoulder, hip, and knee issues. He has a special interest in complex knee ligament procedures, rotator cuff repairs, and performing the latest cartilage techniques to preserve as much of the patient’s joint as possible.

The mi-eye is the latest addition to South Palm Orthopedics, which specializes in the most cutting-edge and minimally invasive techniques and technology for shoulder, hip and knee replacements, including patient specific implants and robotic assisted joint replacements.

Manufactured by Trice Medical Inc., the mi-eye is a hand-held arthroscope that can provide visualization of a damaged joint or other interior parts of the body. The device consists of a needle with an integrated camera and light source that, when inserted, effectively probes the affected area to assess the injury and provide a more accurate diagnosis.

With the mi-eye tool, diagnostic results are immediate -- no more going to another facility to have an MRI and then waiting days for a result. Instead, the mi-eye procedure is performed in the comfort of South Palm Orthopedics’ conveniently located Delray Beach office. Better still, there is no need for any sedation or anesthesia and there is no down time.

Dr. David Buchalter, the founding partner at South Palm Orthopedics is especially excited about adding the mi-eye to the arsenal of advanced diagnostic and treatment tools at the practice. “We are thrilled to now offer patients this easy alternative to MRI to assess their orthopedic conditions. This new addition to our practice will allow us to diagnose and treat patients faster and with less stress, and get them on their road to recovery sooner”, said Dr. Buchalter.

The mi-eye provides a great alternative for patients who are claustrophobic, or dread being enclosed in an MRI machine. Plus, by choosing the mi-eye, patients can resume their active lifestyle at least two weeks sooner than when choosing to undergo an MRI.

Mi-eye is FDA approved for use in diagnostic and operative illumination, and it is covered by most major insurance carriers, including Medicare.

To learn more about the mi-eye procedure and how this breakthrough technology is revolutionizing the treatment of joint injury, contact South Palm Orthopedics at (561) 496-6622 or visit our website at

About South Palm Orthopedics

South Palm Orthopedics has been providing quality, comprehensive orthopedic care to Palm Beach County for over 24 years and is conveniently located in Delray Beach, Florida. Staffed by five fellowship-trained and board-certified orthopedic surgeons, Dr. David Buchalter, Dr. Steve Meadows, Dr. Russell Weisz, Dr. Brian E. Colman, Dr, and Dr. William P. Toole, South Palm Orthopedics offers specialized treatment in all areas of orthopedics including arthroscopy, minimally invasive joint reconstruction using computer navigation, sports medicine, hand and wrist surgery, shoulder replacements and reverse shoulder replacement as well as trauma and fracture repair.

About Trice Medical

Trice Medical, Inc. develops orthopedic diagnostics devices with integrated camera-enabled technologies/needle-based diagnostic and therapeutic technologies for patients, physicians, and payors. Its products enable micro invasive surgeon visualization procedures that offer painless, cosmetically undetectable, and surgical grade care in the office environment. The company provides its products for use in office-based diagnostic procedures and therapeutic delivery areas. For more information, visit; follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook or call 610-989-8080.

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Surprising Things Your Orthopedic Surgeon Can Treat
Surprising Things Your Orthopedic Surgeon Can Treat

Orthopedic surgeons are known for treating the musculoskeletal system. This means they care for patients who are experiencing problems in areas such as their bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons.  According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, there are more than 20,400 practicing orthopedic surgeons in the United States. People have a lot of moving parts in their body, and it might surprise you that there are so many things that an orthopedic surgeon can treat.

Orthopedic surgeons can treat both chronic and acute pain, as well as traumatic injuries. Chronic conditions include musculoskeletal problems or pain that persists over time, such as arthritis and lower back pain. Acute conditions are more likely to require prompt action by an orthopedic surgeon, including sprains and strains, broken bones, pulled muscles, and torn ligaments. However, there are other things that orthopedic surgeons treat that many people may not have be knowledgeable about: 

·       Nail infections: The most common type of nail infection occurs due to fungus or bacteria. This nail infection is known as paronychia. This infection is caused by bacteria and develops along the edge of the fingernail or toenail. Bacteria enters the skin around the nail that has been damaged by trauma, such as nail biting, virus, chemical irritants, or from other activities. The most common symptoms of a nail infection include Swelling around the fingernail or toenail, redness, pus, and pain and tenderness when touched. Orthopedic surgeons can help treat nail infections with medications and by draining the pus and infection out.

·       Nerve injuries: Some people may think a neurosurgeon is the only one to treat nerve injuries, but this is false. Orthopedic surgeons are experts in knowing all the different elements of the musculoskeletal system, including the nerves. Nerves carry messages between the brain and the rest of the body. They are fragile and can stop signals to and from the brain when damaged, causing muscles not to work properly, and a loss of sense and feeling in the injured area. Due to the cohesive relationship between nerves and the musculoskeletal system, orthopedic doctors must be experts in diagnosing and treating nerve injuries and nerve damage.

·       Tumors: A tumor is a lump or mass of tissue that forms when cells divide uncontrollably. A growing tumor may replace healthy tissue with abnormal tissue. It may also weaken bone, causing it to fracture. For most bone tumors, the cause is unknown. Occasionally, infection, stress fractures, and other non-tumor conditions can closely resemble tumors. Therefore, an accurate diagnosis is important. Orthopedic surgeons can treat tumors of the bone and spine, and if suspected to be cancerous, will refer you to an oncologist. 

To learn more of what orthopedic surgeons treat, and how we can help, call South Palm Orthopedics at (561) 496-6622 or request an appointment online.

Is Your Hand Pain Caused by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Is Your Hand Pain Caused by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Is Your Hand Pain Caused by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

The carpal tunnel is a narrow passage composed of ligament and bones at the base of the hand. It contains the median nerve and tendons that provide flexibility to the fingers. The median nerve provides sensation to the thumb, index, middle, and part of the ring fingers, and controls some muscles at the base of the thumb.

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is an entrapment neuropathy in which one of the peripheral nerves is impacted. Inflamed, swollen, or irritated tendons narrow the tunnel and compress the nerve at the wrist. This results in numbness, weakness, or pain in the hand, wrist, forearm, or arm.   

These sensations are also symptoms of other neuropathic disorders and hence diagnosis can become confusing.

Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome entraps the median nerve and is the result of a combination of factors that cause the tunnel to contract. It is not a problem with the nerve itself. 

Trauma or injury to the wrist can cause swelling, sprain, or fractures. A glandular issue such as overactive pituitary gland or underactive thyroid gland could be a cause. Obesity  and rheumatoid arthritis or disc herniation can also contribute to CTS. 

Other causes include problems in the wrist joint, edema during pregnancy or menopause, or cysts or tumors in the canal.  

Occupational stress and repetitive handling of vibrating hand tools can also contribute to the compression of the tunnel. 

Symptoms of CTS 

The onset of CTS symptoms is usually gradual and can include burning, tingling (pins and needles), itching, and numbness in the palm and fingers, which can move up to the elbow. Often patients complain of swollen, non-functioning fingers, even though swelling is not apparent.

These symptoms often start in one or both hands and are worse at night. On waking, stiffness in the hands and arms can decrease range of motion and create an urge to shake the hand or wrist vigorously.

These symptoms gradually manifest themselves during the day, too. Patients may experience decreased hand grip strength, leading to difficulty in fisting, grasping objects, or performing manual tasks. In some cases, sufferers cannot tell the difference between hot and cold objects by touch.

False Symptoms

Carpal tunnel syndrome is sometimes used as a generic label for any condition that causes pain, numbness, swelling, and burning in the hands and wrists. In fact, if pain is the primary symptom, CTS is probably not the cause. 

Compression of the median nerve at the wrist causes CTS. However, there are other areas of compression that can cause similar symptoms in the hands and wrists and confusion in diagnosis. Elsewhere, these sensations are indicators of other issues.

  •       Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is a compression of the artery or nerve bundle under the pectoralis minor muscle near the shoulder. This compression causes symptoms in the whole hand.
  •       Cubital tunnel syndrome, or ulnar nerve entrapment at the elbow, produces numbness and tingling in the little and ring fingers. 
  •       Scalene syndrome, cervical disc herniations, and cervical radiculopathy can also cause abnormal or painful sensations, which usually begin in the neck and travel down the affected arm and hand. Symptoms may worsen with movement.

All have distinct causes and treatments, even though the symptoms mirror each other. 

Diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Accurate diagnosis of the condition is critical, as other nerve entrapment syndromes also produce symptoms noted in CTS. Early diagnosis and treatment are important to avoid permanent damage to the median nerve.

  •                Medical history and physical examination will determine if the symptoms are related to daily activities or an underlying disorder, and will rule out other conditions with similar symptoms.  
  •                Laboratory tests and X-rays will reveal fractures, arthritis, and diseases that damage nerves.
  •                Tests like the Tinel and Phalen’s Maneuver reproduce the symptoms of CTS to help evaluate the condition.
  •                Electrodiagnostic tests like nerve conduction study and electromyography help confirm the diagnosis of CTS. 
  •                Ultrasound imaging may show abnormalities in the median nerve, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may reveal abnormal anatomy of the wrist.


Treatments for CTS

If CTS is diagnosed, treatment should be started immediately to prevent further progress of the condition.

  •       Underlying causes such as diabetes or arthritis should be addressed.
  •       Non-surgical treatments such as wearing splints or braces may be prescribed. 
  •       Stopping or reducing relevant daytime activities, or breaking them up with periods of rest, may help.
  •       Over-the-counter NSAIDs (non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs) can provide short-term pain relief.
  •       Prescription medicines such as corticosteroids or lidocaine can relieve pressure on the median nerve for mild or intermittent symptoms.  
  •       Alternative therapies like yoga and soft tissue massage have been shown to reduce pain and improve grip strength. Some report relief from acupuncture and chiropractic. 

If these measures fail, then carpal tunnel release surgery is an option.

Open release surgery, the traditional procedure, consists of making an incision up to 2 inches in the wrist and then cutting the carpal ligament to enlarge the carpal tunnel.

In endoscopic surgery the surgeon makes one or two incisions (about ½ inch each) in the wrist and palm; inserts a camera attached to a tube; observes the nerve, ligament, and tendons on a monitor; and cuts the carpal ligament with a small knife that is inserted through the tube.   

Following surgery, the ligaments usually grow back together and allow more space than before. 

If you feel you may have CTS, call South Palm Orthopedics at (561) 496-6622 or request an appointment online.

A State of the Art Physical Therapy Center Will Optimize Patient Recovery
A State of the Art Physical Therapy Center Will Optimize Patient Recovery

Rehabilitation, by definition, is the process of returning something to its original condition. The word means to make fit again. Physical therapy focuses on strength and movement of the body.  To help patients, physical therapists and orthopedic surgeons will perform a musculoskeletal evaluation and work as a team to develop a personalized treatment plan. The goal is to both optimize your rehabilitation and recovery from injury and pain, and to strengthen your body to prevent future complications.

After suffering from an injury or being diagnosed with an orthopedic condition, chronic pain and discomfort can often disrupt you from living your daily life. Our musculoskeletal system is made up of hundreds of moving parts, all working together to allow the body to move and function.  Orthopedists study the musculoskeletal system. They have solutions at their disposal to help accurately diagnose disorders and injuries affecting bones, muscles, ligaments, tendon, and cartilage.

If you suffer an injury or any kind of degeneration due to conditions such as arthritis, orthopedists are specialists who know how to diagnose and treat people accordingly. After evaluation and diagnosis, surgery or extensive treatment, an orthopedic surgeon will turn to physical therapists and their rehabilitation team (sometimes before surgery). These specialists for rehabilitation and physical therapy help people get back to living their lives as quickly as possible during their recovery process.

Physical therapists are healthcare experts highly educated in the movement and function of the human body, called kinesiology. PTs have a special skill for assessing the human body and helping restore it back to optimal performance after injury or surgery. Many people experience pain at some point in their lives, whether it be acute or chronic. Physical therapy has been known to improve function for patients experiencing hip, knee, shoulder, and lower back pain.

Rehabilitation is a crucial part of recovery, and can make a big difference in a person’s healing. That is why our highly skilled staff at South Palm Orthopedics has been trained by nationally recognized orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists who are dedicated to up-to-date evidence based research and rehabilitation techniques.

Having a state-of-the-art physical therapy center located on-site helps our patients get the services and treatments they need, when they need it. Equipped with gym and exercise equipment, our physical therapy center has a team of qualified physical therapy professionals including licensed physical therapists, a nationally known occupational therapist, hand therapist, and a licensed massage therapist.

At South Palm Orthopedics state-of-the-art physical therapy center, our staff strives to ensure successful post-injury and surgical outcomes for our patients by providing outstanding physical therapy, comprehensive patient education, and post-therapy support. In many cases, pain can be alleviated with a combination of modalities, such as medication and physical therapy. The orthopedic doctor will often turn to their physical therapy team for patient care first, with the hopes of rehabilitation without the need for surgery.

The added benefit of physical therapy, is that it empowers and teaches patients about proper movement and strengthening techniques, catered specifically to their condition, age, and other preferences. To learn more about our State-of-the-Art Physical Therapy Center, call South Palm Orthopedics at (561) 496-6622 or request an appointment online.

Orthopedic Center: A Comprehensive Approach to Orthopedic Treatments
Orthopedic Center: A Comprehensive Approach to Orthopedic Treatments

Like most people, you might take your bone and joint health for granted until something goes wrong. Therefore, receiving the best care for musculoskeletal injuries, conditions, and severe chronic pain is crucial to having a good quality of life. If musculoskeletal conditions are affecting your quality of life, an orthopedic doctor can create a comprehensive treatment plan to get you up and running.

Many approaches to improving access to quality healthcare focuses on the development of healthcare models such as improving primary care, implementing transitional care, and reducing hospital readmissions.

Research has shown time and time again that in the healthcare field, doctors who work together and collaborate with other doctors to help treat and manage patients with complex needs, give their patients the best chance of a successful outcome. In other words, practices are able to offer their patients with a more comprehensive approach to orthopedic care. The specialties most often involved with this approach include:

  • Primary care physicians
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists
  • Rheumatologists
  • Neurologists
  • Infectious disease specialists
  • Podiatric surgeons
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Radiologists

Patient-centered orthopedic care, with a holistic approach –  meaning caring for the “whole” person, instead of just their illness – will help improve patient’s overall well-being. Physicians collaborating with other physicians is beneficial for them as they learn new approaches and techniques to care for their patients, but most importantly, this teamwork approach to care in the orthopedic field will help the patient get the personal care that they need from the right physicians, and will avoid inaccurate diagnoses.

To help ensure care is delivered effectively and efficiently, health care systems are following this patient-centered concierge medicine style healthcare model. There are many things that can contribute to a patient’s health that can be done, and done very well, by a team member other than just the physician. The mission of this comprehensive approach to orthopedic treatment remains at the center, placing emphasis on this notion that working together as a team is paramount, and actually caters to more successful outcomes.

At South Palm Orthopedics, together, our doctors offer high-quality comprehensive care for treating orthopedic conditions and injuries, integrating the newest leading-edge surgical and non-surgical techniques with proven traditional methods of treatment, providing our patients with the best orthopedic care. Most importantly, our doctors genuinely listen to your concerns and personalize care to your specific needs. 

Located next door to our practice, the Delray Ambulatory Surgery and Laser Center is a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery. The center offers same-day surgery and features three operating rooms, a GI suite, and the latest in cutting-edge medical equipment and surgical devices to allow physicians to perform the most effective technique for each case. Having them so close to our practice is a gift for both our medical staff and our patients in need of the best treatment options.

To learn more, call South Palm Orthopedics at (561) 496-6622 or request an appointment online.




When is it Time for a Knee Replacement?
When is it Time for a Knee Replacement?

Research has shown that more than 600,000 knee replacements are performed each year in the United States, a number that will continue to increase. If chronic knee pain is affecting your daily lifestyle, don’t ignore it, because you could be setting yourself up for more pain, less mobility, and increased possibility for injuries such as slips and falls. It might be time to ask your physician about the possibility of undergoing a knee replacement, and what that procedure may involve.

Have you ever been in so much pain and stiffness in your knees, that you have trouble with your mobility? Well, these symptoms are often associated to injured or diseased joints. Your knee joint can be damaged by osteoarthritis, or from other conditions or injuries. 

Arthritis, or simply years of use, may cause a lot of wear and tear on your joints. Bones are alive, and they need blood to be healthy, grow, and repair themselves. Someone with a degenerative joint, a patient may experience a host of complications, such as limited blood flow, pain, stiffness, and swelling. If not treated properly or early enough, there is a good chance that your orthopedist may tell you that you need to have joint replacement surgery, especially after other treatments such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, or exercise, has failed.

Joint replacement surgery has progressed leaps and bounds in the last couple of decades and is regarded as the most successful surgery in the field Orthopedics. There are millions of people around the world who suffer from crippling joint disorders and pain, who may ultimately need a form of joint replacement surgery.

Knee replacement surgery is the remedy for people to come back to an active and productive life. The present-day knee replacement surgery is well advanced with better understanding of human anatomy, refined surgical techniques, technological advancement in accuracy and design of implants to ensure complete and painless mobility.

If a knee replacement is the right course of action, your orthopedic surgeon will do a thorough examination of your knee using MRI or X-rays, and go over your medical history, before making a final decision.

Here are signs that the time might be right for a knee replacement: 

  1. Other treatments besides surgery don’t work to ease your pain.
  2. You have difficulty performing everyday tasks.
  3. You need the aid of durable medical equipment (DME) such as a cane, wheel chair, or walker to get around. 
  4. Your pain is severe and chronic, even when your knee is at rest.
  5. Your knee has become degenerated for conditions such as arthritis, or from injury.

With certain injuries or prolonged suffering from arthritis, the bones in the knee joint can actually change shape and become disfigured, sometimes making surgery almost a necessity. Depending on the severity of damage, your surgeon may suggest either a full knee replacement, or a partial knee replacement. With a partial knee replacement, only the damaged or diseased portions of the knee are removed and replaced with prosthetic material.

If you think you may be a candidate for a knee replacement, call South Palm Orthopedics at (561) 496-6622 or request an appointment online.

Physician Spotlight: Dr. William Peyton Toole
Physician Spotlight: Dr. William Peyton Toole

Getting to know your doctor isn’t always easy to do. Many doctors like to keep to themselves, and may not take the time to get to know and understand their patients. Here at South Palm Orthopedics, we are different. Not only are we happy to know you, we’d like you to get to know the newest addition to our team, Dr. William Peyton Toole.

With a knack for helping people, Dr. Toole developed a passion to be a doctor. His philosophy of care is to give his patients the opportunity to get back to an active and healthy lifestyle, as quickly as possible.

Originally from Charleston, SC, Dr. Toole is a graduate of the Calhoun Honors College at Clemson University. He went on to graduate from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine with honors. After medical school, Dr. Toole completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Florida (and Mayo Clinic Florida).

After residency, a love for sports led Dr. Toole to complete a prestigious fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Houston and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. During fellowship, Dr. Toole served as the assistant team physician for the University of Houston, Houston Texans (NFL), Houston Astros (MLB), Houston Rockets (NBA), and the Houston Dynamo (MLS).

Dr. Toole’s training is associated with diagnosing conditions and injuries of the shoulder and knee. His extensive training includes the latest arthroscopic techniques for the surgical management of complex shoulder and knee issues. He has special interest in complex knee ligament procedures and rotator cuff repairs, as well as performing the latest cartilage techniques to preserve as much of the patient’s joint as possible.

Dr. Toole is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), and the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA).

South Palm Orthopedics is a practice that specializes in the most cutting-edge techniques and technology for shoulder and knee replacements, including patient specific implants and robotic assisted joint replacements. Dr. Toole joined the team this year, and is looking forward to helping patients in the South Florida area restore their quality of life to its full potential.

To request an appointment with Dr. Toole, call South Palm Orthopedics at (561) 496-6622 or request an appointment online.

Ground Breaking Surgery: Reverse Shoulder Replacement
Ground Breaking Surgery: Reverse Shoulder Replacement

The shoulder is an extremely complex ball and socket joint, and happens to have the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body. However, this large range of motion can cause the shoulder to become unstable, leading to joint problems and the site of multiple injuries.

Your shoulder joint is composed of four joints, over 30 muscles, six major ligaments, and three bones: the clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the humerus (upper arm bone).  The edge of the scapula, called the acromion, forms the top of the shoulder.

Rotator cuff tears are one of the most common reasons why people have shoulder pain. Torn rotator cuffs can be caused by repeated overhead movements from sports, work, traumatic injury, or disease. The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles and tendons that control how well the shoulder functions, and connects the humerus (upper arm bone) with the scapula (shoulder blade). If a tear in the rotator cuff is large enough it can affect how well the shoulder will function.

With age, the blood supply to the tendons in the rotator cuff decreases. This causes the tendons and muscles to degenerate, weaken, and become susceptible to tearing. In many cases, the injury can be treated with physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, rest, and limiting overhead movement. When these treatments fail, surgical intervention may be needed to repair the tear. In severe cases where the tendons are torn beyond repair or severely degenerated, there is often a dramatic loss of mobility and severe chronic pain. Until recently, there has been no solution for these severe cases.

Today, a breakthrough shoulder surgery called reverse shoulder replacement (Arthroplasty) is restoring function and relieving pain in people who have lost the mobility in their arm from a damaged rotator cuff, a previously failed shoulder replacement surgery, or conditions such as arthritis.

During a reverse shoulder replacement, this innovative procedure changes the mechanics of the shoulder by reversing the normal position of the ball and socket. This procedure offers a major advancement for those patients whose rotator cuffs no longer function and cannot be repaired with other methods of treatment.

Even though reverse shoulder replacement is a relatively new procedure, results have shown that it can bring a substantial decrease in shoulder pain and significant increase in function to your shoulder.

Dr. Steve Meadows of South Palm Orthopedics in Delray Beach, FL is one of only a few surgeons in the South Florida area who is performing this groundbreaking new surgery.

If you think you may be a candidate for reverse shoulder replacement surgery, and need more information, call South Palm Orthopedics at (561) 496-6622 to request a consultation with Dr. Steve Meadows.

Dr. Meadows launches new website introducing The Stem Cell Therapy Center at SPO!
Steve E. Meadows, MD

Dr. Steve Meadows is an experienced, board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who has successfully treated countless patients surgically, getting them back to the life they enjoy. In addition to his surgery practice here at South Palm Orthopedics, Dr. Meadows now offers stem cell and PRP therapy to treat many conditions without surgery. At the Stem Cell Therapy Center at South Palm Orthopedics, Dr. Meadows uses placental stem cells (MSCs), not embryonic stem cells, to target damaged tissues at the source of your pain.

Stem cell therapy is a procedure that introduces new cells directly into an injured area or joint, promoting growth and healing at an accelerated rate. This treatment is recognized by the medical community worldwide as a great medical breakthrough in natural healing. Athletes such as Alex Rodriguez, Kobe Bryant and Peyton Manning have traveled abroad for this unique therapy. The Stem Cell Therapy Center at South Palm Orthopedics in Delray Beach brings this same treatment to you right here in South Florida.

Visit Dr. Meadows’ website to learn more: