A shoulder surgeon is an orthopedic specialist who cares for people with shoulder injuries or conditions. These are common in athletes, active people and skilled workers whose jobs require repetitive motions.
The shoulder is a complex system of bones, cartilage and other soft tissues. For this reason, there are different types of shoulder surgeons and doctors for different types of injuries and conditions:
The shoulder joint is composed of three bones:
These bones are connected by a complex system of cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscles and other tissues. Injuries and conditions can affect any one or a combination of these components. Some of the more common include:
An injury to the shoulder can cause pain, aches or arm weakness and limit range of motion.
Symptoms of shoulder injury and conditions may include:
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Not all shoulder injuries require surgery. Many can be treated with non-operative treatments such as:
If you have shoulder pain, you should see a specialist to get the correct diagnosis and treatment. If your shoulder pain has no obvious cause, you may first opt to see a sports medicine doctor or physiatrist. These specialized physicians can determine whether nonsurgical treatments such as changes in your activities or physical therapy may help. Or they may instead suggest consulting a surgeon. Whether you first consult a doctor or a surgeon, they may order imaging of your shoulder to help make an accurate diagnosis. X-rays, MRIs and other imaging technologies are available onsite.
If your pain arose as a result of an acute injury during an activity like weightlifting or playing tennis, baseball or other throwing sports, or if you are concerned you may have fractured your shoulder, you should meet with an orthopedic surgeon. If your surgeon determines that you don’t need surgery, they will give you a medical treatment plan to help get you back on your feet. Or they may refer you to a nonsurgical musculoskeletal doctor or physical therapist.
The orthopedic shoulder specialists at HSS Florida in West Palm Beach work directly with each patient to personalize the best treatment plan for your injury and lifestyle. We have a full team of orthopedic experts specializing in the shoulder, including physicians, orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists and sports performance specialists. We use this world-renowned musculoskeletal expertise to help reduce your pain, improve function and mobility and restore your quality of life.
If you are currently experiencing shoulder pain, or if your primary care doctor has recommended you consult a specialist, find the best shoulder surgeon or physician at HSS Florida for your particular condition.