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Shoulder & elbow

Return to pain-free mobility

Your shoulder is the most mobile joint in your body and is a complex ball and socket joint made up of three joints, seventeen muscles and a number of ligaments. This structure allows your body to have a wide range of movement, but because of the complex nature of the shoulder, it can also lead to a number of injuries.

The elbow is a simple hinge joint that also helps provide forearm and wrist movement. Primarily elbow injuries consist of fractures and soft tissue injuries, which can be very painful.

The bottom line is that when either your shoulder or elbow is painful, it can sideline you from important activities and lead to more serious problems if not treated properly. The good news is that the shoulder and elbow experts at Novant Health UVA Health System can give you a quick, accurate diagnosis and recommend the best way to address it.

Our specialized orthopedists may recommend medicines to reduce pain and inflammation, certain exercises, or physical therapy. If arthroscopic surgery is the right approach, our orthopedic surgeons have the expertise to give you the best possible results.

Shoulder joint replacement may be discussed if you have suffered a severe traumatic injury or have significant pain due to arthritis. Joint replacement by the highly skilled, experienced surgical teams of Novant Health UVA Health System will relieve your pain and help get you back to your everyday activities.

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

  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis elbow (tendonitis)
  • Fracture
  • Arthritis
  • Sprain and strains
  • Little League elbow
  • Golfer's elbow (tendonitis)
  • Dislocation
  • Shoulder separation
  • Sports injuries
  • Bursitis
  • Avascular necrosis (bone death)
  • Nerve damage

Throughout your treatment, whether physical therapy or surgery, our patient-support staff will work with you to make sure you receive the best care and have all your questions answered.