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Shoulder and elbow

Return to pain-free mobility

With lots of parts, your shoulders are the most movable joints in your body. Your elbows also see a lot of action and they help stabilize your shoulders.

Bottom line, when either your shoulder or elbow has a problem, you can have a serious issue with movement and daily activities. You may have significant pain or discomfort even when you’re not moving or just trying to sleep.

The good news is that the shoulder and elbow experts at Novant Health can give you a quick, accurate diagnosis of your shoulder or elbow issue and recommend the best way to address it. Better yet, our orthopedic specialists can provide state-of-the-art treatment to help you get better and stay healthy.

Your Novant Health orthopedist may recommend certain exercises, physical therapy and medicines to reduce pain and swelling. If minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery is the right approach, our orthopedic surgeons have the expertise to give you the best possible results.

Shoulder joint replacement surgery may be discussed if you are suffering from severe damage or degeneration of bones, cartilage or tendons in the shoulder. Joint replacement by the highly skilled, experienced surgical teams of Novant Health will relieve your pain and help get you back to your everyday activities.

If you have a painful elbow, we know it’s not just annoying–it can sideline you from important activities and lead to more serious problems if not treated properly. “Tennis elbow,” for example, begins with small tendon tears caused by any activity that involves repeated twisting of the wrist. This puts painters, plumbers, construction workers, auto mechanics, cooks, butchers, and even computer mouse users at risk for serious damage.

We’re here for you. The orthopedic experts at Novant Health can help you deal with any shoulder or elbow problem that’s cramping your lifestyle, including:

  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
  • Fracture
  • Arthritis (osteoarthritis, post-traumatic, rheumatoid or gouty)
  • Sprain and strain
  • Dislocation
  • Sports injuries
  • Separation
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Avascular neurosis (bone death)
  • Infectious joint disease
  • Ligament and tendon damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Tumor

Our patient-support staff will work with you to keep you informed throughout your course of treatment. If you need them, our rehabilitation teams will provide physical therapy to help you return to your best possible quality of life.