Sports Medicine & Shoulder Surgery

A broad array of conservative to surgical treatment options to treat shoulder and sports injuries

When it comes to your shoulder ...

Whether you’re an elite athlete training for your next event or a weekend warrior playing quarterback in Saturday’s backyard brawl, sports injuries are most likely an inevitable part of the game. Who better to care for you than the specialists who have treated athletes of all abilities, shapes and sizes?

The orthopedic surgeons on the Sports Medicine Team also specialize in shoulder injuries and conditions. One of the most complex joints in the body, the shoulder offers unmatched versatility of movement and increased susceptibility to injury or disease.  

Conditions treated/Clinical services provided

Our highly skilled orthopedic surgeons address numerous shoulder and sports injuries and illnesses such as: 

  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair and shoulder stabilization 
  • Shoulder replacement surgery, including reverse shoulder replacement
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Arthroscopic knee surgery, meniscal surgery and ACL reconstruction
  • Bursitis
  • Elbow problems, including tennis elbow surgery, nerve disorders, tendon disorders/tears, fractures and instability
  • PRP therapy

What you need to know about sports medicine and shoulder injuries

You will be cared for by numerous members of our team, working under the direction and supervision of our physicians:

A group of advanced practice providers—Natalie Llewellyn, PA-C, Rashelle Maderitz, PA-C, and Jason Vasses, PA-C—work with the Sports Medicine & Shoulder Surgery Team physicians to assist them during surgery and office hours. The advanced practice providers also see patients for pre- and postoperative care and new patient appointments.

To request an appointment, call 1-866-874-7483 or click here. 

To diagnose the cause of shoulder pain, your doctor will ask you about your symptoms and conduct a physical examination to check for tenderness, weakness, instability and loss of mobility. An X-ray or an MRI may be needed to determine the extent of damage. Once the cause of your shoulder pain has been identified, your doctor may recommend a conservative (nonsurgical) treatment, including anti-inflammatory medications, an exercise program or steroid injections or recommend surgical treatment. 

When to see a doctor

Shoulder pain and loss of mobility are sometimes caused by minor injuries that heal easily with self-help measures, such as resting, placing ice on the affected area and using over-the-counter medications to reduce pain and swelling. In most people, however, the pain and loss of mobility will be persistent, recurrent or severe.

Symptoms of a shoulder problem that require medical intervention include:

  • Pain that radiates over the shoulder and into the arm​
  • Pain that awakens you from sleep
  • Weakness or an inability to move the shoulder or arm
  • Stiffness, swelling or popping of the joint
  • Pain that becomes sharper during movements such as pushing, pulling and reaching overhead

Because most cases of shoulder pain will continue to progress until treated, it is important to seek medical intervention early.