Shoulder injuries are common. In fact, approximately 14 million people were evaluated by physicians for shoulder problems in 2003, including 3.7 million visits for shoulder and upper arm sprains and strains. (Source: National Center for Health Statistics; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2003 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey)
We expect a lot of our shoulders, but sometimes we ask too much of them. The shoulder is capable of the greatest range of motion of any joint; however, its flexibility makes it prone to both sudden injury and chronic wear and tear.
The proper function of the shoulder depends upon the interrelationship of many types of tissue: balanced muscle function, smooth joint cartilage, functional tendons, strong ligaments, and good motion. A physician must have the ability to recognize deficits, and the technical skill to work with each of these structures and an understanding of their interrelationships.
Dr. Jonathan Levy is Holy Cross Orthopaedic Institute’s and Broward County’s only fellowship trained shoulder and elbow specialist exclusively practicing exclusively shoulder and elbow surgery. He is well trained in identifying shoulder and elbow problems, and formulating cutting-edge treatment plans to help improve even the most complex shoulder and elbow disorders from routine arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs to complex revision shoulder replacement.