The shoulder is the most moveable joint in the body, yet it has minimal stability because, like a golf ball on a tee, its ball (humerus) is than the socket (glenoid). To maintain stability, these are held in place by muscles, tendons and ligaments. Shoulder trauma or long-term wear can interfere in just about every aspect of you or a loved one’s life.

Shoulder Specialists You Can Lean On

Your shoulder is the most movable joint in the body, responsible for hugs, home runs, hard work and home-cooking. As a result, trauma or long-term wear can cause pain and lack of mobility that interfere in just about every aspect of a person’s life. It’s our passion to make sure your function is restored.


Orthopaedics East & Sports Medicine Center specializes in treatments designed to keep you doing what you love. Our practice has delivered tens of thousands of shoulder examinations and treatments for friends, family, coworkers and neighbors throughout your community and the state — with a hard-earned reputation for results. We have a deep well of experience, specialization and both non-surgical and surgical options to get you back in action. And together we’ll find what’s right.


You may have a shoulder injury if:

  • Your shoulder is stiff and doesn’t allow full movement
  • Your shoulder lacks strength to perform your daily activities
  • You regularly experience severe pain
  • Your shoulder feels as if it’s slipping out of place (upper arm bone “popping” or a feeling that your arm is sliding out of the shoulder socket)

Arthritis is inflammation that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in one or more of your joints. It can be caused by natural aging, injury, inflammation, or even a bodily disease. In the United States, 23% of all adults — more than 54 million people — have arthritis, most common osteoarthritis. There are many nonsurgical and operative treatments for arthritis depending on the condition’s stage and the cause. The appropriate treatment plan is determined on a case-by-case by in close consultation with your Orthopaedics East Physician and Care Team.


Tendonitis is inflammation or irritation of the thick fibrous cords that attach muscle to bone, called tendons. It is primarily caused by but not limited to repetitive stress or a sudden increase in intensity or physical activity. Achilles tendonitis, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, pitcher’s shoulder, swimmer’s shoulder, and jumper’s knee are all forms of tendonitis. Early symptoms include pain and tenderness over the affected tendon or bone to which it attaches. If tendonitis is not recognized or diagnosed early, it can lead to more severe issues including tears and ruptures.


Rotator Cuff Tear

A tear of one or more of the rotator cuff tendons/muscles. Most tears occur in the supraspinatus tendon, but other parts of the rotator cuff may also be involved. Tears can be partial or full. They can also occur acutely (from an isolated incident) or occur over time from repetitive stress/strain, bone spurs or a lack of blood supply.


Frozen Shoulder

The shoulder capsule thickens and bands of tissue (adhesions) develop, resulting in the shoulder becoming stiff and tight. Frozen shoulder occurs in three phases: freezing, frozen, thawing. It typically can be treated non-operatively with physical therapy but occasionally requires an arthroscopic capsular release.

Other Common Issues:
  • Bursa/Bursitis
  • Chronic Instability
  • Labral Tears
  • Tendinopathy
  • Sprains and Fractures
    • Clavicle
    • Proximal Humerus
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