Coastal Orthopedics Blog

Biceps Tendinitis: Causes and Risk Factors

By:Kristen Havens October 17, 2017 biceps tendon, biceps tendonitis

Shoulder pain can have many different causes. If you’re experiencing soreness or noticeable weakness at the front of your shoulder, it’s possible you have tendinitis (sometimes spelled “tendonitis”) affecting the long head of the biceps tendon—where the biceps muscle attaches to bone.

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Torn Biceps: Prevention and Treatment

By:Kristen Havens October 16, 2017 biceps tendon, biceps tear

Biceps tears are painful and often debilitating. Sustaining such a tear can affect how well you use your arm. Tears can limit your range of motion, making it difficult to use your arm normally—so imagine the impact such an injury has on your sports performance.


You don’t want to sustain this potentially season-ending, debilitating arm injury—but how can you prevent or treat it?

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Torn Biceps Tendon: Symptoms, Causes, Risk Factors

By:Kristen Havens October 9, 2017 biceps tendon


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Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy: Treatment and Management

By:Kristen Havens September 18, 2017 rotator cuff, rotator cuff tendinopathy

If you have rotator cuff tendinopathy (also called tendinopathy of the shoulder), you have cellular level degeneration of the tendon collagen in the rotator cuff of the shoulder. This degeneration can lead to chronic weakness, pain, limited range of motion and inflammation.

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Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy: Prevention (Non-Athletes and Athletes)

By:Kristen Havens September 14, 2017 rotator cuff, tendinopathy


If you are an athlete in a throwing sport—most notably, if you’re a baseball pitcher—rotator cuff tendinopathy is an issue that’s probably on your radar. But you should also be aware of this chronic shoulder injury if you’re nearing 40 or beyond.

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Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy: Causes, Risk Factors, and Symptoms

By:Kristen Havens September 5, 2017 rotator cuff, tendinopathy

Rotator cuff tendinopathy (sometimes called tendinopathy of the shoulder) is, generally speaking, an overuse injury affecting the tendons of the shoulder. If you have this shoulder injury, your primary symptom is usually pain. You may also experience related issues affecting your shoulder joint, like tenderness and limitations to your normal range of motion.

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Common Sports Injuries Involving the Shoulder

By:Kristen Havens September 1, 2017 common sports injuries, shoulder injury

The upper body of a human being has evolved for dexterity and flexibility, rather than strength. Our arms, wrists, and hands are excellent at all tasks involving the fine, delicate manipulation of lightweight objects.


In contrast, the lower half gives our bodies durability, strength, and endurance. Although lacking the refined control of the arms, our legs are capable of safely doing the...

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Shoulder Dislocations: Top 5 Causes (Hint: Sports Injuries Make the List)

By:Kristen Havens August 25, 2017 shoulder injury, dislocated shoulder


It is a great compliment to be described as having “broad shoulders.” This indicates a person with strength, skill, and experience, able to take on many responsibilities and handle any criticisms without complaint.


The same holds true in athletics, in which big, broad shoulders are an indicator of power, endurance, and durability. And in general, the expression holds considerable truth:...

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By:Kristen Havens August 22, 2017 myelopathy

Myelopathy is a term that describes a specific condition: an abnormal compression of the spinal cord, which results in the interruption of the normal flow of nerve signals through the pinched area. The compression causes pain, numbness, loss of sensation, and difficulty with balance and movement, among many other potential symptoms.

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By:Kristen Havens August 16, 2017 myelopathy

 What Is Myelopathy?


Myelopathy is a condition in which the spinal cord becomes severely compressed, enough to disrupt its task of transmitting nerve signals to and from the brain and body.  This condition is sometimes described as “a loss of spinal cord activity.”


A helpful analogy would be to compare the spinal cord to a garden hose. When the hose lies straight, water flows through it at...

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