Our specialty-trained shoulder doctors at BoulderCentre for Orthopedics are the area's distinguished experts in the diagnosis and treatment of patients' shoulder injuries and conditions.

The shoulder is the most flexible joint in the body and also has the largest range of motion of any joint. The three bones that make up the shoulder all work together to allow you to perform different activities and movements. While this makes the shoulder one of the most important and impressive joints, it also means that it's more likely to experience stress, overuse, or an injury. The rotator cuff is often the most prone to overuse injuries, and pain usually develops as a result from a sports-related activity. However, arthritis, or the degeneration of the cartilage and joints over time, is also a common cause of pain in the shoulder. Regardless of the type of pain you are experiencing, a shoulder doctor can provide you with care by helping to diagnose your injury or condition and offering treatment options to provide relief. 

Know When It's Time to See a Shoulder Doctor Near You

You should make an appointment with a shoulder doctor near you if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Grinding or bone on bone sensation when using your shoulder or arm
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Shoulder pain that radiates down to your elbow
  • Shoulder pain when raising your arm and elbow
  • Shoulder pain when your arm is resting
  • Stiffness or inflammation in the shoulder joint 
  • Weakness when attempting to use your arm

These symptoms may be an indication of an orthopedic injury or condition like the following, which our doctors can diagnose and treat:

  • Arthritis
  • Biceps tendon tears
  • Bursitis
  • Cartilage disease
  • Fractures of the shoulder or clavicle (collarbone)
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Labral tears
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Shoulder instability
  • Shoulder separation
  • Tendonitis

Our shoulder specialists understand that pain in your shoulder can dramatically affect your daily life. To consult with one of our orthopedic doctors, you can request an appointment online or call 303.449.2730 for an appointment. We have locations in Boulder and Lafayette.

Get Your Life Back in Motion With BoulderCentre for Orthopedics

When it comes to choosing the right doctor to treat your injury or condition, there are a number of factors that you should take into consideration, including their professional training and level of expertise.

Our specialty-trained orthopedic doctors at BoulderCentre for Orthopedics, Austin W. Chen, MD, Dirk W. Dolbeare, MD, Lorri J. Fulkerson, MD, Daniel L. Master, MD, Stephen D. Paul, MD, James B. Rector, MD, Khemarin Seng, MD, Lynn A. Voss, MD, and Drigan Wieder, MD, have all completed specialty training specifically in the shoulder. Some of our doctors have completed fellowship training, which is an extra year of schooling dedicated solely to obtaining the advanced skills and knowledge needed in order to treat conditions and injuries relating to a specific area of the body or medical specialty. All of our shoulder doctors have the expertise to diagnose and treat your shoulder injury or condition individually to your specific needs.

To treat your shoulder injury or condition, our doctors will always recommend conservative treatment methods first, such as physical therapy, activity modification, or injections. Our specialists offer a variety of different injections to help treat your shoulder injury or condition including platelet-rich plasma (PRP), stem cells, amniotic fluid, and steroid. However, there are some instances where these nonsurgical methods do not provide adequate relief and shoulder surgery is necessary in order to restore your health. Our surgeons specialize in performing a variety of procedures, which include:

  • Arthroscopic shoulder reconstruction
  • Biceps tendon repair surgery
  • Cartilage replacement surgery
  • Clavicle (collarbone) fracture repair
  • Distal clavicle resection
  • Flexor tendon repair surgery
  • Labral debridement
  • Labral repair surgery
  • Rotator cuff repair surgery
  • Shoulder fracture repair 
  • Subacromial decompression surgery
  • Superior capsule reconstruction
  • Total shoulder replacement

In addition to providing state-of-the-art nonsurgical and surgical care, our surgeons also work closely with our physical therapists, taking a team approach in your recovery with the goal of getting you back to your healthy, active lifestyle.

To consult with one of our BoulderCentre for Orthopedics shoulder doctors about your injury or condition and the available treatment options, please request an appointment online or call 303.449.2730.