Your Shoulder and Elbow

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The shoulder and elbow are made up of multiple muscles, bones and joints allowing for advanced range of motion and functionality. Injuries to the shoulder and elbow can occur from overuse, age or trauma; and treatment methods often range from noninvasive options such as physical therapy to total shoulder replacements when deemed necessary by our board certified orthopaedic specialists.

An injury to the shoulder or elbow can make everyday tasks such as throwing, lifting and carrying objects difficult, painful and near impossible. Left untreated, damage can become worse and lead to long-term loss of function.

If you’re dealing with pain or loss of functionality, call (772) 288-2400 or click here to request your appointment with one of our shoulder specialists to take the first step toward getting back to your life without pain.


The shoulder is comprised of 4 separate joints, 3 bones and a total of 4 muscles (the rotator cuff) are directly involved in its movement. Apart from the rotator cuff, 17 other muscles are also secondarily involved in shoulder movement. The Rotator Cuff is a group of 4 muscles (subscapularis, supraspinatus, infraspinatus and teres minor) primarily responsible for the movement of the shoulder.

Shoulder and elbow pain is extremely common across all age spectrums. Acute trauma and chronic overuse injuries can affect the shoulder and elbow in both children and adults. Children tend to suffer more traumatic injuries to the shoulder, than overuse injuries to the shoulder. The opposite is true in adults.

The bone of the upper arm (humerus) meets the inner bone of the forearm (ulna) and the outer bone of the forearm (radius) to form a hinge joint. The elbow is held together by two ligament complexes and four muscle groups that work to bend and extend the arm.

A full spectrum of non-operative treatments including physical therapy and injections are used to treat many of these problems.Other options include exercise, modified activities, weight control, self-help/assistive devices, heat and cold treatments, nutritional supplements, or over-the-counter medications.


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Common Conditions

  • Biceps Tendon Injuries
  • Biceps Tendon Rupture
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fractures Involving the Elbow
  • Fractures Involving the Shoulder
  • Muscle Imbalance in the Shoulder
  • Olecranon Bursitis
  • Osteoarthritis of the Shoulder
  • SLAP Tear (Super Labrum from Anterior to Posterior Tear)
  • Shoulder Separation
  • Thoracic Oulet Syndrome
  • Triceps Tendon Rupture
  • Triceps Tendonitis
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Arthritis
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Instability Surgery / Labral Repair
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
  • Open Shoulder Instability Surgery / Latarjet Procedure
  • Revision Instability Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Stress Fractures
  • Tendonitis and Bursitis

Common Procedures

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