Houston & Sugar Land Shoulder Doctor – Dr. J. Michael Bennett
Dr. J. Michael Bennett is a Shoulder Doctor — a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Fellowship Trained Sports Medicine Doctor specializing in treating injuries and chronic conditions affecting the shoulder. He has extensive experience in treating shoulder injuries including broken clavicles, AC joint separations, dislocated shoulders, shoulder bursitis, and rotator cuff injuries. Dr. Bennett serves patients from all over Metro Houston from his clinics in Sugar Land and near the Houston Galleria. Call 281-633-8600 for an appointment at our Sugar Land clinic or 713-234-3152 for an appointment at our Houston clinic.
Here’s what one of our patients told us:
Dr. Bennett did a great job on my right and left shoulders. My right shoulder had severe damage. After the operation, I thought that I would never have full use of my shoulder again. Dr. Bennett explained the whole procedure before the operation and therapy. He watched my progress and answered all of my questions. During my recovery, he noticed that I had such difficulty moving my right shoulder and suggested that the scar tissue was causing the problem. I was reluctant to have the procedure however; he explained that it would help me gain more mobility. Once again, he was right and now I am able to move my shoulders. I am not going to tell you that it was it was not easy but with the right doctor and therapy, anyone can regain the use of their shoulders. Thanks Dr. Bennett for getting me back to the things I love to do! See more patient reviews here.
Most of our shoulder patients are treated with conservative measures and without surgery. If surgery is necessary, for most patients their shoulder injury can be repaired with arthroscopic, minimally-invasive surgery.
If more extensive shoulder surgery is necessary, for some patients and treating some injuries the Comprehensive® Shoulder Replacement System is appropriate and for some others the Copeland™ Humeral Resurfacing Head is appropriate. Not all patients may be candidates for these systems, and patients may be referred as necessary.
Shoulder Anatomy, Injuries and Treatments
Dr. Bennett has prepared a number of patient education videos on shoulder injuries and the treatments for shoulder injuries. He believes in helping his patients educate themselves in their injuries and their treatment options so that they can make the best possible decisions for their treatments.
Treating a Broken Clavicle or Collarbone
The shoulder joint has three primary structures — the humeral head, the clavicle, and the scapula. The humeral head forms the ball of the ball and socket joint and it articulates within the joint. Shoulder motion occurs through the ball and socket mechanism and transfers through the scapular thoracic mechanism.
The injury discussed in the following video is a clavicle fracture, also called a collarbone fracture. Usually this occurs from a direct impact on the shoulder, which is transmitted to the clavicle. Sometimes this can leave the bone in two pieces and sometimes in three or four. Most of the time, the fracture occurs in mid shaft.
Treatment will depend on how displaced the fracture fragments are, how young the patient is, what the patient’s athletic endeavors are, and how quickly the patients want to return to full activity.
For most patients, we treat a broken clavicle non-operatively with a sling. Most of the time, this heals well as long as there’s not significant displacement of the clavicle fragments. The other option is to use a contoured plate with low profile screws that hold the clavicle in position. This provides a stable collarbone and for some of our elite athletes, we’d recommend this option to give them a quicker return to full function.
Dislocated Shoulder and Latarjet Reconstruction
In this video, Doctor Bennett describes how the shoulder works and what happens when a shoulder dislocates. He also discusses the treatment options available to patients suffering from a dislocated shoulder and from recurrent shoulder dislocation, including the Latarjet Procedure. The Latarjet procedure is an open procedure, involving a bone graft, that is usually reserved for patients who have had an arthroscopic procedure that wasn’t successful. For more information about treating a dislocated shoulder, please call our office at 281-633-8600 for an evaluation.
What Causes Shoulder Pain and Bursitis?
In this video, Dr. Bennett talks about shoulder pain. Shoulder pain affects many of us and the key in responding to shoulder pain is understanding what kinds of shoulder symptoms are going to get better and what shoulder pain symptoms are not going to get better, and when you should see your orthopedic or sports medicine specialist. Here, Dr. Bennett describes the anatomy of the shoulder and the various bones, tendons and ligaments that make up the shoulder joint, and then he describes what the bursa is and where it’s located in the shoulder joint and how shoulder bursitis occurs and is treated. Oftentimes bursitis can be treated non-operatively with exercise, modification of activities, injections and sometimes anti-inflammatories. Those treatments will typically reduce the inflammation of the bursa and treat your shoulder bursitis 98 percent of the time. If you have any questions or if you have shoulder pain and suspect bursitis, please call our office for an evaluation at 281-633-8600.
What Causes Shoulder Instability?
Shoulder Rotator Cuff Repair
Dr. Bennett has created a Rotator Cuff Treatment video with a very detailed explanation of the anatomy of rotator cuff shoulder injuries and a description of the various treatments for each injury. You should know that most rotator cuff injuries can be treated conservatively, without surgery. If a surgical repair is necessary, then most of the time Dr. Bennett can do arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, which means the surgery is minimally-invasive. Your recovery time can be shorter with minimally invasive surgery and you can often return to full activity faster.
If you ignore your shoulder pain, then the shoulder doctor’s options might be limited by the extent of your shoulder injury. Conservative measures or arthroscopic surgery for treatment become less likely, and it become more likely that you’ll need shoulder replacement surgery. As the name implies, shoulder replacement surgery is much more invasive and will require longer recovery and rehabilitation. So don’t ignore your shoulder pain. Get your shoulder evaluated by a shoulder doctor like Dr. Bennett.
This is a medical animation describing some shoulder injuries and treatments.