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Shoulder Injuries

Dr. Corey G. Solman, Jr. treats patients in St. Louis with a variety of shoulder pain problems including sports-related injuries, fractures and arthritis. He has expertise with rotator cuff repairs including revisions and use of biologic patches to reinforce repairs to ensure better outcomes. Dr. Corey G. Solman, Jr. is a renown orthopedic surgeon in the St. Louis area and specializes in shoulder arthroscopy, rotator cuff repairs, labral repairs, clavicle and AC joint injuries, fracture care, total shoulder replacement and reverse shoulder replacement.

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

This condition occurs when the rotator cuff tendon becomes thickened and inflamed. The thickening decreases the space under the subacromial arch for the tendon to glide with range of motion. The result can be shoulder pain at night, performing overhead activities, and lifting in certain movements.

Calcific Tendonitis

This condition can occur when calcium deposits form within the tendon and as a result the tendon is less pliable. This may result in grinding shoulder pain with certain movements.

Bicep Tendonitis

This condition occurs when the bicep tendon becomes inflamed and irritated either in the shoulder joint or within the groove where the bicep glides. The result is shoulder pain with certain lifting movements.


This is an inflammatory condition of the shoulder. The bursa, a fluid filled sac that aids in decreasing friction in the shoulder, becomes irritated and thickened resulting in shoulder pain with sleeping and specific movements.

Rotator Cuff Tear

The rotator cuff is comprised of four tendons, any one or a combination of the four tendons may fail due to trauma, repetitive use, or degeneration over time. This results in shoulder pain, weakness, sleep disturbance, and an inability to perform activities of daily living. Rotator cuff surgery at our St. Louis clinic is a common solution to these problems.

Shoulder Instability

Instability of the shoulder is a condition that can be the result of trauma or genetics.  Individuals may complain that the shoulder wants to slip out the front, bottom, or back.

Shoulder Subluxation

This condition occurs when the ball (Humerus) partially displaces from the socket (Glenoid). This may occur in individuals who demonstrate generalized laxity.

Shoulder Dislocation

This condition is associated with an acute injury when the ball (Humerus) is displaced from the socket (Glenoid). A first time dislocation may require a medical profession in order to reduce the dislocation and subsequent shoulder pain at our St. Louis clinic. Subsequent episodes lead to chronic instability that may require surgical intervention.

Shoulder Separation

This condition can be also referred to as an “AC Separation”. This injury is similar to an ankle sprain, in that the ligament that holds the collarbone in position is torn or disrupted. The degree of elevation of the collarbone determines the severity of the injury.

Labral Tear

This is a condition where the gasket that surround of the socket (Glenoid) is torn away due to either and acute injury or from long standing repetitive activity. Tears may occur in various patterns depending on the type of injury. Depending on the age and demand of the individual determines if it is repaired or debrided with shoulder surgery or treatments at our St. Louis clinic.

Proximal Bicep Tendon Rupture

This occurs when the long head of the bicep fails (tears) from its attachment at the top of the labrum, which surrounds the face of the glenoid. The term “Popeye” deformity is noted for the typical appearance of the bicep after the rupture.

Frozen Shoulder

This condition can be referred to as “Adhesive Capsulitis.” The capsule of the shoulder becomes inflamed and thickens resulting in stiffness, limited motion, and significant shoulder pain. The individual has difficulty sleeping and performing activities of daily living.

Osteochondral Defect of the Shoulder

This is condition where there is an isolated defect in the coating cartilage of either the Humeral Head or the Glenoid.

Humeral Fracture

This is typically a result of an acute injury from a fall or high speed accident. A pathologic fracture can occur is the patient has a history of cancer. Depending on how the Humerus is fractured determines if surgical intervention is necessary.

Glenohumeral Arthritis (Primary Shoulder Arthritis)

This condition occurs when the joint lining cartilage has degenerated over time resulting in shoulder pain, sleep disturbance, limited motion, and an inability to perform activities of daily living.

Rotator Cuff Arthropathy

This condition is a result of a long standing rotator cuff tear. This chronic tear over time leads to arthritis of the ball and socket joint. Previously there were few treatment options, now there is a rotator cuff surgery procedure from our St. Louis clinic that can restore function and ability to perform activities of daily living.

Shoulder Trama

Chronic Shoulder Pain

See a doctor immediately if you hit, strain or fall on your upper arm and experience any of the following symptoms:

See a doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms for longer than 3 weeks, and if these symptoms are not alleviated with R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) and anti-inflammatory pain medication:

  • Swelling
  • Deformity
  • Inability to Move Shoulder through Full Range of Motion
  • Sudden Onset of Sharp Pain
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Instability of the Shoulder
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Pain with Specific Movements
  • Grinding
  • Painful Popping
  • Instability of the Shoulder
  • Limited Motion
  • Nagging Achy Pain
  • Inability to Perform Normal Daily Activities


Corey G. Solman, Jr., MD is conveniently located in the St. Louis area and sees patients by appointment only during regular office hours.

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1001 South Kirkwood Road, Suite 120 St. Louis, MO 63122

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