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Shoulder FAQ

Question:

I tore the rim of cartilage in my shoulder and had surgery to repair it. It's only been two weeks but I'm having sharp pain with some motions. Sometimes the shoulder "clunks" so loudly, my wife can hear it. What could be causing this?

Answer:

You may be describing what happens when a screw used to anchor down the torn cartilage comes loose. Screws can break, come loose, and/or move in the shoulder joint. Sometimes the screw isn't placed in the best position. The tip of the screw may not be deep enough. It must go beneath the cartilage into the first layer of bone.

The result can be severe damage to the joint itself. It's best to let your doctor know about your symptoms as soon as possible. Early treatment to correct the problem can prevent severe destruction to the surface of the joint.

Yong Girl Rhee, MD, et al. Glenohumeral Arthropathy after Arthroscopic Anterior Shoulder Stabilization. In Arthroscopy. April 2004. Vol. 20. No. 4. Pp. 402-406.

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