About Bingham Memorial Shoulder

What is the Shoulder?

Three bones come together at the shoulder—the clavicle (collarbone), scapula (shoulder blade) and humerus (upper arm). Muscles, ligaments, and tendons add to this joint’s complexity and stability.  The shoulder is considered a ball and socket joint but it has a very small and shallow socket, so it relies heavily on ligaments and tendons to keep it from dislocating.

What Does the Shoulder Do?

The shoulder is one of your most mobile joints, allowing the arms to make wide movements.

Common Shoulder Injuries

When you move your arms to reach above your head, lift a box, swing a club or racket—your shoulder plays a part. Excessive, repetitive motions in sports and even everyday activities can cause shoulder trouble. Among common injuries are rotator cuff tears, inflamed bicep tendons, cartilage tears, and arthritis.

Precautions to Protect Your Shoulder

An active lifestyle is the key to keeping joints healthy.

Don’t let the fear of injury keep you from staying active. Just be prepared. Don’t do any overhead activities before you’re in shape for it. An active lifestyle is key to keeping joints healthy. One important aspect of a healthy shoulder is strengthening the muscles of the upper back. These muscles control the shoulder blade and make sure it moves in concert with the collar bone and humerus to avoid injury to the rotator cuff.  Core muscle strength also helps protect the shoulder from injury especially in overhead activities such as tennis or softball.  Talk to your physician before starting a new exercise to make sure you have no preexisting conditions that could cause injury later.

Need Shoulder Care or Surgery?

Nathan Richardson, MD, is the region’s leading orthopedic elbow & shoulder specialist, and he is incorporating new, never-seen-before techniques for shoulder injuries. He is using advanced computer technology for out-patient shoulder surgeries, making them faster and more accurate than ever before.

If you are experiencing pain, weakness, severe stiffness in your elbow or are unable to use your shoulder for daily activities, talk to Dr. Richardson. He sees patients throughout Eastern Idaho.

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Meet Our Shoulder Providers

  • "Be Informed" with Dr. Nathan Richardson
    November 11, 2020

    During this week’s “Be Informed” webinar, Nathan Richardson, MD, orthopedic surgeon, talks and answers questions about his specialties, including shoulder and elbow surgery.

  • "Be Informed" with Dr. Nicholas Pearson
    June 24, 2020

    In Bingham's new “Be Informed” webinar series, Dr. Nicholas Pearson, orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, answers questions about the shoulder, elbow, hip, and ...

  • The Shoulder Solution
    August 21, 2015

    Reverse shoulder replacement surgery is somewhat of a newbie, having been performed for just 12 years in the United States. But it’s quickly becoming the popular option for a...

  • Shoulder Pain?
    September 07, 2016

    The region’s leading shoulder specialist uses advanced computer technology for shoulder surgeries, making them more accurate than ever before. Nathan Richardson, MD, explains...

  • Little League Shoulder
    July 08, 2016

    If a young athlete in your family—particularly a baseball pitcher or catcher or even a tennis player—has been complaining of shoulder pain or pain between their shoulder and ...