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Shoulder pain can affect every action of the day, from combing your hair and getting dressed, to getting in and out of the car and going to sleep at night. The rotator cuff is the set of four muscles that come together at the top of the shoulder, attached to the bones by tendons. If one of those tendons develops a tear, which is common in people over the age of 50, everyday activities can become very painful.
“A rotator cuff injury can be caused by all kinds of things, like bone spurs or injuries. People develop rotator cuff tears over time, or sometimes from a single event,” said Dr. Paul Brady, an orthopedic surgeon at Parkwest Medical Center.
Most people have never heard of Hip Preservation Surgery and even fewer orthopedists are specialized in the procedure itself. However, TOC’s Paul Yau is one surgeon who has not only studied the surgery, but is well versed in the probable causes and diagnosis of patients experiencing pain and discomfort in their hips.
Hip Preservation encompasses several different types of surgery designed to correct hip deformities and other structural problems that might normally have required a total hip replacement.
Yau explains that in some cases patients are born with a deformity in their hip. And as they age or begin doing certain sports or activities, the discomfort increases to the point that their lives are adversely affected.
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Dorothy Parker was tired of living with hip pain. A degenerative hip condition and problems from a previous hip surgery had left Parker immobile and in constant pain.
“I got to where I couldn’t walk and it hurt all the time,” explains the 61-year-old retired nurse.
When Parker’s physician recommended that she seek help from orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brian Edkin of the Fort Sanders Joint Center, she was skeptical.
“I was scared to get my hip redone, because my first surgery at another hospital didn’t go well,” says Parker.
But Parker was quickly impressed with Dr. Edkin.