The shoulder (glenohumeral) joint is a ball-and-socket joint that allows a wide range of motion. While this makes it possible to perform many necessary daily tasks, it also puts people at risk for traumatic shoulder injuries such as shoulder dislocations and fractures. It is also common to gradually develop shoulder pain due to conditions like shoulder arthritis and frozen shoulder, a problem where the tissue in the joint becomes thick, stiff, and inflamed.

Our shoulder specialists at Alabama Orthopedic Specialists, Dr. Steven Barrington, Dr. Charles Hartzog, Dr. Hussein Turki, and Dr. G. Dexter Walcott, offer the unique expertise you need to heal from any shoulder injury or condition.

What Is a Shoulder Specialist?

Shoulder doctors are orthopedic care specialists and sports medicine surgeons who can expertly examine, diagnose, and treat injuries and conditions that affect the shoulder.

These specialists can often treat shoulder pain without surgery. However, if surgery is the best treatment plan, shoulder doctors have the skills required to perform the necessary orthopedic surgery, like rotator cuff repair and total shoulder replacement. This includes hemiarthroplasty (partial shoulder replacement) replacement and reverse shoulder replacement.

For those who need shoulder surgery, minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery may be an option. Arthroscopic surgery is performed by the surgeon creating a small incision where a camera—called an arthroscope—is inserted. Arthroscopy helps shoulder surgeons hyperfocus on repairing damaged areas and helps provide a faster postsurgical recovery.

Symptom Checklist

If you have shoulder pain, review the checklist below for common symptoms related to shoulder problems. If you are experiencing any of them, seek out a specialty-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder care.

  • Bone-on-bone sensations
  • Difficulty moving both the elbow and the shoulder
  • Holding the elbow close to your side to avoid shoulder movement
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain after throwing a ball or other sports-related pains
  • Shoulder instability
  • Soft-tissue soreness radiating down from the shoulder into the biceps and elbow area
  • Soreness where the arm bone attaches to the shoulder
  • Stiffness

Common Orthopedic Shoulder Conditions

Often a source of injury in the shoulder, the rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons attached to the shoulder joint and is a region of the shoulder. Rotator cuff tears can happen suddenly or over time. Rotator cuff injuries, cartilage injuries, and shoulder instability often occur while playing sports. Because of this, some shoulder doctors work within sports medicine and serve as team physicians.

Overuse can lead to a different type of tendon condition called rotator cuff impingement, which can often be treated without surgery. Nonsurgical treatment options include physical therapy, steroid injections, and anti-inflammatory medications.

Common shoulder issues your doctor may diagnose include:

  • Bursitis
  • Collarbone injuries (including sternoclavicular joint disorder)
  • Dislocation
  • Fracture
  • Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
  • Impingement
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Shoulder arthritis
  • Shoulder separation (acromioclavicular separation)
  • Tendon conditions and injuries (including tendonitis, tendinopathy, or tenodesis)

Specialized. In Your Shoulder Care.

As the only subspecialty-trained orthopedic group in Montgomery and Wetumpka, at Alabama Orthopedic Specialists, all of our board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic doctors strive for excellence in patient-centered care. As part of this dedication, our shoulder doctors are highly experienced in successfully treating patients who are experiencing debilitating shoulder pain. They have obtained years of specialized medical training, followed by decades of combined clinical experience treating patients just like you.

Our team of highly skilled shoulder surgeons includes fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven Barrington, fellowship-trained sports medicine surgeons Dr. Charles Hartzog and Dr. G. Dexter Walcott, and fellowship-trained hand and upper extremity specialist Dr. Hussein Turki. Together, they treat patients with nonoperative orthopedic treatments as well as a range of shoulder surgeries using the latest, proven techniques.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

For a one-on-one consultation with one of our shoulder doctors in Montgomery at our Main Campus/Pavilion Clinic or in Prattville or Wetumpka, call (334) 274-9000 today or request an appointment online.