Shoulder Resources

Shoulder Resources: Dr. Rudzki’s great love and focus within sports medicine is the shoulder. This is demonstrated by his research, teaching, publications and presentations on partial rotator cuff tears, rotator cuff vascular supply and it’s role in rotator cuff disease, clavicle fractures, and suture anchors. Dr. Rudzki has the honor and privilege of being a member of the American Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons.  This highly selective academic society is “made up of leading national and international Orthopaedic surgeons who specialize in surgery of the shoulder and elbow.”

Several case studies, patient testimonials, and blog posts can be found through this portion of our site to help educate patients about common shoulder problems, treatment options, and rehabilitation considerations.  Additional information may be gained from visiting links to our YouTube Site, Lectures & Presentations, Research & Publications, and External Sources.

Shoulder Instability Update: Latarjet

By |2018-08-06T14:22:55+00:00August 6th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Patient Testimonials, Shoulder Instability, Shoulder Resources|Tags: , , , , , |

Shoulder Instability Update: Latarjet Shoulder instability can be a source of significant pain and disability with progressive damage to cartilage and an increased risk of arthritis and destruction of the bone on the socket (glenoid) and ball (humeral head) of the shoulder joint.  Treatment of shoulder instability has evolved considerably over the past 15

Complex Shoulder Instability: Arthroscopic Treatment of Glenoid Fracture

By |2018-08-03T14:34:02+00:00August 3rd, 2018|Categories: Case Studies, Patient Testimonials, Shoulder Instability, Shoulder Resources, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Chief Complaint/Injury Susan came in to our office after an acute left shoulder dislocation, which resulted in recurrent shoulder instability. Even the slightest movement caused her shoulder to painfully sublux or dislocate. She felt as if her shoulder was constantly slipping out of its socket. At 70 years old, this can be a challenging problem

Proximal Humerus ORIF Success for Professional Pianist

By |2018-08-03T14:52:46+00:00July 31st, 2018|Categories: Case Studies, Shoulder Resources, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Complaint/Injury: Proximal Humerus Fracture Ruth, a 55 year-old female professional performance pianist and instructor, injured her shoulder in June of 2017 when she fell forward onto outstretched hands while running. The fall resulted in a three-part, displaced proximal humerus fracture to her left shoulder. The x-ray (left) shows the displaced bone fragments of the

Ice Hockey and Shoulder Instability

By |2018-08-03T14:44:18+00:00June 2nd, 2018|Categories: Case Studies, Featured, Patient Testimonials, Shoulder Instability, Shoulder Resources|Tags: , , , , |

SHOULDER INSTABILITY & ICE HOCKEY: Shoulder dislocation and instability are not uncommon injuries in ice hockey from the PeeWee level to Men's League hockey to the NHL. Dr. Rudzki has experience with these injuries from research and co-authoring book chapters with world experts to lecturing internationally and from collaborating with colleagues on comprehensive return-to-play protocols

Elite Hockey Athlete After Shoulder Stabilization

By |2018-08-07T15:14:40+00:00May 9th, 2018|Categories: Case Studies, Featured, News, Patient Testimonials, Shoulder Resources, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Complaint/Injury Henry was a junior elite ice hockey player at the time of his injury. He felt his shoulder forcefully sublux (pop out of place and go back into place) due to a water sports injury where he fell onto his outstretched arm into the water. Later that day, his shoulder subluxed again. The next

Rotator Cuff Repair at 75 – A decade of shoulder care

By |2018-05-01T18:20:04+00:00May 1st, 2018|Categories: Case Studies, Patient Testimonials, Shoulder Resources|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Chief Complaint/Injury 75 year-old female presents with right shoulder pain 10 years after successful arthroscopic rotator cuff repair of her opposite left non-dominant shoulder. She is a painter and has significant shoulder pain and functional limitations that are preventing her from engaging in activities of daily living, obtaining restful sleep at night, and pursuing her

CrossFit Shoulder Injury – Woman in Her Twenties Returns to Crossfit

By |2017-09-15T16:10:55+00:00September 15th, 2017|Categories: Case Studies, Shoulder Resources|Tags: , , , , , , |

In the middle of training for competition, this CrossFit enthusiast experienced troubling shoulder pain that was hindering her performance.

Setting Sail After Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair

By |2017-08-04T15:28:46+00:00June 13th, 2017|Categories: Case Studies, Featured, Patient Testimonials, Shoulder Resources|Tags: , , , , , |

Nancy came in for an evaluation at Washington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. She had blown out her shoulder in February of 2016 and sustained a rotator cuff tear.