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Conditions We Treat: Superior and Anterior-Superior Migration of the Shoulder

When a rotator cuff tendon tears or goes missing, such as from a failed rotator cuff repair surgery, it can allow the ball joint of the shoulder to move upward or outward from the socket. This is called superior or anterior-superior migration of the shoulder. This relatively rare situation can cause loss of shoulder function and needs treatment.

Superior and Anterior-Superior Migration of the Shoulder: What You Need to Know

  • Superior and anterior-superior migration of the shoulder may occur without pain.
  • A key symptom of migration of the shoulder is reduced range of motion of the shoulder joint.
  • Treatment of migration of the shoulder usually starts with physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications. Surgery may be required for severe cases.
  • Because the symptoms of superior and anterior-superior migration of the shoulder can mimic the symptoms of other shoulder problems, you should get an accurate diagnosis from a skilled orthopaedic surgeon.

Our Team of Shoulder Specialists

 
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