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Free Information from Shoulder to Elbow

About this information


The information available from the links below is reliable, easy-to-read (plain English) and, in some cases, easily avaialble for print. This information is recommended by the Australian Orthopaedic Association.

Orthoinfo, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons page for patients, is here. Their information is listed in the left column. 

Orthoanswer, a web site developed for patients by a fellow Australian orthopaedic surgeon, is here. Their information is in the column on the right.

NHS Choice, the website of the National Health Service in the UK, is here. Their information is in the column at the bottom of the page.

 To use this page
  • Look for the injury, disease, condition or treatment you would like information on

  • Click in the link

  • For example - for "rotator cuff tears" scroll down to the "broken bones and conditions" section, find "rotator cuff tears", and click on the link.


Alternatively use the "search" or "find" feature in your browser to locate the word or phrase you are looking for on this page.

The default/usual keys to press to find things in most web browser is Ctrl+F.

Some basic information on spines is available from the AAOS here.


Any/all patients being considered for surgery will be shown this information as part of their "informed consent" process.

Orthoinfo (AAOS)


Breaks, Injuries, Diseases and Conditions

Adult Forearm Fractures

Arthritis of the Shoulder

Biceps Tendinitis

Biceps Tendon Tear at the Elbow

Biceps Tendon Tear at the Shoulder

Brachial Plexus Injuries

Burners and Stingers

Chronic Shoulder Instability

Clavicle Fracture (Broken Collarbone)

Common Shoulder Injuries

Compartment Syndrome

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)

Dislocated Shoulder

Distal Humerus Fractures of the Elbow

Elbow (Olecranon) Bursitis

Elbow (Olecranon) Fractures

Elbow Dislocation

Elbow Fractures in Children

Elbow Injuries in the Throwing Athlete

Erb's Palsy (Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy)

Forearm Fractures in Children

Frozen Shoulder

Growth Plate Fractures

Joint Replacement Infection

Nerve Injuries

Nursemaid's Elbow

Osteoarthritis of the Elbow

Patient Story: Rotator Cuff Tear

Radial Head Fractures of the Elbow

Recurrent and Chronic Elbow Instability

Rotator Cuff Tears

Rotator Cuff Tears: Frequently Asked Questions

Scapula (Shoulder Blade) Fractures

Scapular (Shoulder Blade) Disorders

Shoulder Impingement/Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

Shoulder Injuries in the Throwing Athlete

Shoulder Joint Tear (Glenoid Labrum Tear)

Shoulder Pain and Common Shoulder Problems

Shoulder Separation

Shoulder Trauma (Fractures and Dislocations)

SLAP Tears

Sternoclavicular (SC) Joint Disorders

Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Throwing Injuries in the Elbow in Children

Ulnar Nerve Entrapment at the Elbow (Cubital Tunnel Syndrome)


Treatments & Surgeries


Alternative Methods to Help Manage Pain After Orthopaedic Surgery

Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair

Before and After Total Joint Replacement

Care of Casts and Splints

Elbow Arthroscopy

Getting the Most Out of Your Doctor's Visit

How Broken Bones Heal

Managing Pain With Medications After Orthopaedic Surgery

Pregnancy and X-rays

Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery

Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Conditioning Program

Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Rehabilitation Exercises

Rotator Cuff Tears: Surgical Treatment Options

Shoulder Arthroscopy

Shoulder Joint Replacement

Shoulder Surgery

Shoulder Surgery Exercise Guide

Total Elbow Replacement

Total Joint Replacement

Total Joint Replacement: Questions Patients Should Ask Their Surgeon

Staying healthy


Backpack Safety

Baseball Injury Prevention

Bone Health Basics

Football Injury Prevention

Golf Injury Prevention

Guidelines for Preventing Falls

Gymnastics Injury Prevention

Halloween Safety Tips

Healthy Bones at Every Age

Hockey Injury Prevention

Osteoporosis Prevention

Prevent Snow Shoveling and Snowblowing Injuries

Tips for Lifting and Carrying Luggage

Volleyball Injury Prevention

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