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Football Season Prime Time for Serious Shoulder Injuries

Surgical Advances Developed at Hospital for Special Surgery Help Athletes Get Back in the Game

NEW YORK—January 30, 2009

Most people have heard of a dislocated shoulder. A shoulder separation, although less common, can be just as debilitating, according to Dr. Frank Cordasco, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine shoulder injuries at Hospital for Special Surgery. Football season is prime time for such injuries.

A shoulder separation frequently results from a fall or sharp blow to the top of the shoulder. It is one of the most common injuries landing a player in the orthopedic surgeon's office, especially when a quarterback is thrown to the ground. Other common causes of a shoulder separation include bicycle and equestrian accidents and collision sports, such as hockey.

The "separation" occurs when an injury forces the collarbone to move away from the upper portion of the shoulder blade. A severe injury results in a complete tear of one or both of the major ligaments supporting the joint. Surgery is often recommended, especially if the patient wishes to return to an active lifestyle. Dr. Cordasco repairs the injured shoulder using an arthroscopic approach developed at HSS. The technique entails a small one-inch incision and several tiny "keyhole" or portal incisions, instead of the standard five- to seven-inch incision of the traditional operation. The much smaller incisions are beneficial to the patient.

 

About HSS | Hospital for Special Surgery
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the eighth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2017-2018). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.

 

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