Shoulder & Elbow

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Shoulder injuries can be quite painful and debilitating. They can occur due to overuse, trauma, or degenerative conditions. Treatment for these injuries depends on the severity and type of injury. Repetitive overhead movement or lifting heavy objects can lead to shoulder injuries such as rotator cuff tears and tendinitis. Injuries resulting from falls, motor vehicle accidents, or sports activities can cause a range of shoulder conditions. As we age, our tendons and ligaments become weaker, which can cause tears and injuries. Arthritis can also cause shoulder pain and discomfort.

Typical shoulder injuries are: rotator cuff tear (Tearing of tendons and muscles in the rotator cuff, making it difficult to lift or rotate the arm), shoulder dislocation (Occurs when the humerus bone pops out of the shoulder blade, often caused by trauma or overuse), labral tears (Tearing of the labrum or cartilage that surrounds the shoulder joint, causing instability and pain), shoulder tendinitis (Inflammation of the tendons in the shoulder, causing pain and discomfort).

Our orthopaedic specialists use a variety of diagnostic tests to determine the type and severity of shoulder injuries including x-rays, ultrasound and MRI. Severe shoulder injuries may require surgical intervention. The type of surgery will depend on the type and severity of the injury. Schedule an appointment in one of our four office locations across Connecticut.

Our shoulder and elbow surgeons

Dr. Aaron S. Covey

Dr. Aaron S. Covey

Dr. Jon C. Driscoll

Dr. Jon C. Driscoll


Pain and tenderness in the shoulder joint and surrounding area.

Swelling and inflammation may occur, making it difficult to move the shoulder.

You may hear popping or clicking sounds in the shoulder joint during movement.

Weakness in the shoulder and arm, making it difficult to lift or hold objects.

A broken collarbone is a painful injury that can occur from sports injuries, falls, or car accidents. An x-ray would confirm the diagnosis and help in determining the treatment plan.

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a painful and debilitating condition that affects the shoulder joint. The most common symptom of frozen shoulder is pain, which can be mild or severe. A diagnosis of frozen shoulder is usually based on a physical examination and medical history. Imaging tests, such as X-rays or an MRI, may be done to rule out other conditions.

Rotator cuff tears are a common injury that can be consequence of a fall with an outstretched arm or repetitive motions, such as throwing or lifting weights. Surgery may be necessary for complete tears or severe injuries that do not respond to non-surgical treatment. Arthroscopic surgery is the most common method of repairing the rotator cuff.

Flexor tendinitis is a painful condition that affects the tendons in your fingers. It occurs when the tendons that control your finger movements become inflamed or irritated. Performing the same hand movements repeatedly, such as typing or playing an instrument, can cause inflammation in the tendons. Treatments include rest and immobilization, physical therapy, icing and medications.

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