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Orthopedic Specialties: Shoulder

Shoulder Anatomy

Shoulder Anatomy

Shoulder Care from Ortho Rhode Island


The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint made up of three bones: the humerus (upper arm bone), the scapula (shoulder blade) and the clavicle (collarbone). It’s the most flexible joint in the body, making it susceptible to instability and injury. Our specialists understand the impact shoulder conditions can have on your quality of life, and through a variety of treatments ranging from medication to surgical intervention, work to return patients to the daily activities they value most.

Our Approach

We believe in patient-centered care that emphasizes your unique symptoms, diagnosis, and lifestyle. By building a relationship of understanding and communication with our patients, we empower you to make informed decisions that will help restore your mobility and get you back to doing what you love.

Our specialists will work with you to develop a comprehensive care plan that fits your treatment goals. We approach this individualized care conservatively, exploring minimally invasive treatment options like anti-inflammatory medications and the use of braces before recommending surgical intervention.


Leadership in Innovation

We believe the marriage of technology and medicine leads to safer, more effective treatment for healthier, happier patients. As a leader in emerging orthopedic technology, Ortho Rhode Island is pioneering state-of-the-art orthopedic tools and techniques:

BioCartilage Procedures  •  Superior Capsular Reconstruction  •  Outpatient Total Shoulder Replacement  •  3D Templates for Shoulder Arthroplasty

Shoulder Specialists

September 16, 2020/ Shoulder / Nathan Howlett

Shoulder Replacement: What you Need and Want to Know!

When most people hear of “joint replacement” they usually think about hip and knee replacements. However, injuries of the shoulder and progressive arthritis can also damage the shoulder requiring a “shoulder replacement.” If you’ve ever been recommended a shoulder replacement or have been told that you may need one in the future, you are in the right place to get more information!

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June 19, 2018/ ORI Blog Rotator Cuff Surgery Shoulder / Dr. Keith Monchik

Dr. Keith Monchik joins the #BETTER #FASTER Podcast

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December 14, 2017/ Hand Therapy Knee Pain Physical Therapy Shoulder Tendonitis / Dr. Jeffrey Kozlik

Kinesiology Tape: Fake, Fad or Functional?

I remember when kinesiology tape exploded in popularity across the United States. It was during the 2008 Summer Olympics and the popular women’s beach volleyball team of Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor were battling their way to another gold medal in Beijing.  At the time, Kerri Walsh was recovering from a rotator cuff injury and was using kinesiology tape to support her shoulder during ....

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July 28, 2017/ Shoulder / Dr. Anthony Deluise

You can replace shoulders?!

......Shoulders are usually replaced when you have arthritis, which is a wearing down or loss of cartilage in the shoulder. Many people also get bone spurs as the arthritis progresses. The loss of cartilage and the bone spurs can make the shoulder painful and stiff.  Shoulder replacements remove the arthritic bone and replace it with metal and plastic. This will treat the pain and give you better shoulder motion.......

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August 29, 2016/ Rotator Cuff Surgery Shoulder Sports Medicine Surgery / Dr. Matthew Plante

What to expect the day of rotator cuff surgery…

Patients undergoing rotator cuff surgery are typically quite anxious about what to expect on the day of the procedure. While every rotator cuff operation is slightly different, and there is some variability among surgeon protocols, the same basic principles apply.

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May 11, 2016/ Shoulder / Kyle Anderson

Pendulum Exercise after Rotator Cuff Repair: To swing or not to swing

The pendulum exercise, also known as Codman’s Pendulums, are frequently used for patients with shoulder pathologies to provide gentle joint distraction and joint oscillation to reduce pain. This exercise is also frequently used post operatively after rotator cuff repairs for early joint mobilization, increased flow of nutrients to the joint space and pain reduction. 

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May 21, 2015/ Rotator Cuff Surgery Shoulder / Dr. Keith Monchik

Superior Capsular Reconstruction in Patients with Irreparable Rotator Cuff Tears

To understand what a Superior Capsular Reconstruction (SCR) is and why it is performed, it is essential to understand the function of a rotator cuff tear is and why the cuff may be irreparable.

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April 30, 2015/ Shoulder / Ryan Correia

How to Warm Up Your Shoulder to Prevent Injury

Fortunately, after a long, cold and snowy winter, baseball and softball season are beginning. However, in order to enjoy the sights, sounds and gameplay at the ballpark, it is important to maintain your shoulder and elbow health.

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