Shoulder & Elbow



Orthopedic Treatments for Shoulders & Elbows

Shoulder pain and elbow pain is common and can occur for many reasons. Our team of orthopedic surgeons work with you to find the cause of your shoulder or elbow pain and create a personalized treatment plan that’s best for you.

Both the shoulder and elbow play a pivotal role in overall arm function, enabling you to perform both simple and complex activities. What causes elbow pain? What causes shoulder pain? Some of the most common causes are overuse, arthritis, postural imbalance, inflammation, tendonitis, tendon injury, rotator cuff injury, instability, and fracture.

It is common for a dysfunction in the shoulder to cause neck and shoulder pain or pain that is felt down the arm (referred pain). Elbow discomfort will commonly cause pain radiating down the forearm and can affect simple daily activities such as lifting, carrying, and gripping. Even mild elbow or shoulder pain can cause problems such as difficulty sleeping. That’s why it’s important to visit an orthopedic doctor that can help you identify the cause of your pain and create a treatment plan as soon as possible.

Our experienced doctors and surgeons specialize in both surgical and non-surgical solutions to treat shoulder and elbow pain. Many shoulder and elbow issues can be treated with non-surgical treatment plans that include rest, medication, injections, and physical therapy.

More serious shoulder and elbow injuries require a surgical or operative solution such as shoulder replacement. If you need shoulder surgery or elbow surgery, it’s important that you find an orthopedic surgeon with plenty of experience and formal education, like our team at Mid-America Orthopedics.

If you’re experiencing shoulder pain or elbow pain, schedule an appointment at one of our orthopedic offices. During your first appointment, our team will complete a comprehensive evaluation that consists of a detailed review of your medical history, a physical examination, x-rays, and possibly an MRI. Once our orthopedic specialists identify what’s causing your elbow pain or shoulder pain, they’ll create a treatment plan that’s best for you.


MAO Founder & Orthopedic Surgery

Pat Do, MD


John Babb, MD

Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

Justin Strickland, MD

Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

Ryan Livermore, MD

hand & upper EXTREMITY

J. Mark Melhorn, MD

Common Conditions We Treat

  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Impingement
  • Sports Injuries
  • SLAP Tears
  • Labral Tears
  • Instability (Dislocation)
  • Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow
  • Dislocations
  • Tendonitis
  • Fractures
  • Arthritis
  • AC Joint Pathology
  • Left Shoulder Pain/Right Shoulder Pain
  • Neck and Shoulder Pain
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Shoulder & Elbow

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