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Mufaddal Gombera, MD — Shoulder Specialist Treating Patients in Houston, Beaumont and Cypress


Most people live their lives without any idea how many things they use their shoulder for. A properly functioning shoulder joint doesn't just allow us to lift our arm — it's essential to any activity that involves pulling, pushing or lifting.

Injury or disease to your shoulder makes you realize just how crucial this joint is, especially if you're an athlete or someone who loves getting out and staying active. Most shoulder issues are not emergency medical situations that require immediate attention. However, if the painful symptoms continue to worsen, it's time to see Mufaddal Gombera, MD, an orthopedic surgeon serving patients throughout Houston, Cypress and Beaumont.

Whether you're a pitcher with a killer fastball, or you love lifting weights at the gym, don't let a shoulder injury slow you down. It's time to regain the freedom to take part in the sports and activities you love by contacting our team today so that we can find the cause of your shoulder injury and work out an effective treatment plan.

Normal Anatomy of the Shoulder Joint

The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint that allows for incredible freedom of motion, such as a swimmer performing a backstroke, or you simply reaching behind yourself to grab something off the floor. Unfortunately, this flexibility makes the shoulder joint highly susceptible to instability and injury.

The ball is the upper part of the arm bone, which neatly fits into the socket, a part of the shoulder blade. However, for the shoulder joint to work properly, all involved components need to function together, including:

  • Bones
  • Muscles
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons

Whether you participate in a sport that specifically involves the use of the shoulder or you're just going about your daily life, the joint can be injured due to stress, overuse, injury or natural degenerative wear and tear from aging.

Symptoms Indicating That It's Time to See a Doctor

Depending on what type of activities you participate in, shoulder aches and pains may be quite common for you. Many shoulder issues can be treated by using ice or over-the-counter medications plus rest. However, when you continue to experience shoulder pain and other symptoms after two days of self-treatment, it may be time to request an appointment with Dr. Gombera.

Here are some symptoms that could indicate a serious underlying shoulder injury:

  • Chronic pain
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Pain caused by raising your arm
  • Throbbing pain that wakes you from sleep
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Grinding noise when you move your shoulder
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Biceps injuries
  • Sports injuries

Make an Appointment With Dr. Gombera for Effective Shoulder Injury Treatment

Mufaddal Gombera, MD is proud to serve patients in Houston, Beaumont, Cypress and nearby communities with an unparalleled level of patient care. He understands that orthopedic issues like shoulder injuries can cause fear and anxiety, especially if you're an athlete or someone who values the freedom to enjoy an active lifestyle. As a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, he can diagnose and treat a variety of shoulder-related injuries, from rotator cuff tears to dislocations. Some doctors jump right to shoulder surgery. Dr. Gombera will make sure you are receiving the best shoulder treatments to fit your body and situation. 

Dr. Gombera primarily relies on minimally-invasive techniques that allow patients to return to the level of activity they once had. His focus is on individualized patient care that can address your specific symptoms.

If you're experiencing complications and pain in your shoulder, reach out to Dr. Gombera and his team today. Schedule your appointment online, or call us at (713) 794-3457 to schedule an appointment. 


Normal Anatomy of the Shoulder Joint

The shoulder is the most flexible joint in the body making it the most susceptible to instability and injury. It is a 'ball-and-socket' joint. A ‘ball' at the top of the upper arm bone, humerus, fits neatly into a 'socket’, called the glenoid, which is part of the shoulder blade, scapula.


Shoulder Pain

Pain in the shoulder suggests a shoulder injury which is more common in athletes participating in sports such as swimming, tennis, pitching and weightlifting. The injuries are caused due to the over usage or repetitive motion of the arms.

Rotator Cuff Tear

The rotator cuff is the group of tendons in the shoulder joint providing support and enabling a wider range of motion. Major injury to these tendons may result in tear of these tendons and the condition is called a rotator cuff tear.

Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder impingement is the condition of inflammation of the tendons of the shoulder joint. It is one of the most common causes of pain in the adult shoulder. The shoulder is a 'ball-and-socket' joint.

Labral and SLAP Tears

The shoulder joint is a “ball and socket” joint that enables the smooth gliding and thereby the movements of arms. However it is inherently unstable because of the shallow socket. A soft rim of cartilage, the labrum lines the socket and deepens it so that it accommodates the head of the upper arm bone better.

Shoulder Arthritis

The term arthritis literally means inflammation of a joint, but is generally used to describe any condition in which there is damage to the cartilage. Damage of the cartilage in the shoulder joint causes shoulder arthritis.

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis is a condition characterized by pain and loss of motion in shoulder joint. It is more common in older adults aged between 40 and 60 years and is more common in women than men.

Shoulder Instability

Shoulder instability is a chronic condition that causes frequent dislocations of the shoulder joint.

Dislocated Shoulder

Playing more overhead sports activities and repeated use of shoulder at workplace may lead to sliding of the upper arm bone, the ball portion, from the glenoid–the socket portion of the shoulder.

Bicep Tendon Rupture

The biceps muscle is present on the front side of your upper arm and functions to help you bend and rotate your arm.


Shoulder Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic and surgical procedure performed for joint problems. Shoulder arthroscopy is performed using a pencil-sized instrument called an Arthroscope.

Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair

Rotator cuff is the group of tendons in the shoulder joint providing support and enabling wider range of motion. Major injury to these tendons may result in tear of these tendons and the condition is called as rotator cuff tear.

Arthroscopic Bankart Repair

The shoulder joint (glenohumeral joint) is a ball and socket joint, where the head of the upper arm bone (humerus) attaches to the shoulder socket (glenoid cavity).

Shoulder Instability Surgery

The shoulder is the most flexible joint in the body. It allows for a range of movements of the hands, however makes it the most unstable joint of the body.

Shoulder Labrum Reconstruction

The shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint. A 'ball' at the top of the upper arm bone (the humerus) fits neatly into a 'socket', called the glenoid, which is part of the shoulder blade (scapula). Labral tears often happen while performing sports movements.  

Shoulder Joint Replacement

The shoulder is a highly movable body joint that allows various movements of the arm. It is a ball and socket joint, where the head of the humerus (upper arm bone) articulates with the socket of the scapula (shoulder blade) called the glenoid.

Partial Shoulder Replacement

Partial shoulder replacement surgery, also called shoulder hemiarthroplasty is a surgical procedure during which the upper bone in the arm (humerus) is replaced with a prosthetic metal implant, whereas the other half of the shoulder joint (glenoid or socket) is left intact.

Reverse Shoulder Replacement

Reverse total shoulder replacement surgery is an advanced surgical technique specifically designed for rotator cuff tear arthropathy, a condition where the patient suffers from both shoulder arthritis and a rotator cuff tear.

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