Shoulder Care in Wake County

Shoulder Injuries
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Shoulder injuries of the ligaments, muscles, and tendons are most commonly caused by activities that involve excessive and repetitive overhead motion. Shoulder pain is the most common symptom of a shoulder injury.

Expert Shoulder Specialists in Wake County

The shoulder specialists at Raleigh Orthopaedic provide comprehensive and specialized care for a wide variety of shoulder conditions, treating tears, dislocations, and other shoulder injuries and conditions using the latest techniques. Our specialists, Dr. Barker, Dr. Boes, Dr. Cadet, Dr. Callaway, Dr. Dare, Dr. Isbell, Dr. James, and Dr. Wyker, will diagnose the cause of your shoulder pain and offer treatment options to relieve your discomfort. Our shoulder specialists are available at all of our clinics in Wake County, NC.

Common Shoulder Injuries Treated at Raleigh Orthopaedic

Our specialists at Raleigh Orthopaedic have extensive experience diagnosing and treating all manner of shoulder injuries and conditions. Whether you are an athlete looking to return to your sport or someone hoping to get back to going about your daily life without pain and discomfort, we are here for you. Depending on the cause of your pain, we will formulate a treatment plan personalized to you and your unique needs. Common shoulder injuries and conditions we treat at our orthopedic clinics in Wake County include:

Shoulder Treatments in Wake County

Prior to any suggested course of treatment, our shoulder specialists will ask you about your medical history, complete a physical examination, and run any necessary medical tests to ensure an accurate diagnosis. Most shoulder injuries will not need surgery.

For injuries where a conservative treatment plan is an option, our specialists will likely provide you with a plan that involves rest, limiting or restricting your shoulder’s movement, avoiding certain activities, taking non-narcotic pain relievers, cortisone injections or other rehabilitative injections, and possibly physical therapy.

Nonsurgical Treatment for the Shoulder

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For any patient coming to Raleigh Orthopaedic with a shoulder concern, our shoulder specialists will likely opt for a more conservative treatment plan. Many common shoulder conditions do not require surgery, including:

  • Shoulder fractures
  • Shoulder bursitis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Shoulder tendonitis
  • Mild or moderate osteoarthritis

Reasons for Shoulder Surgery

Raleigh Orthopaedic shoulder surgeons may recommend surgery if any of the following characteristics apply to you. If surgery is recommended, your doctor at Raleigh Orthopaedic will walk you through your options and ensure that any questions you have are answered.

  • Your shoulder pain continues despite nonsurgical treatments
  • You have a complete tear of your rotator cuff
  • Your shoulder dislocates recurrently or you are at risk of recurrent dislocations
  • You can no longer lift your arm
  • You can no longer perform daily activities
  • You have advanced shoulder arthritis
  • Your injury or condition limits your athletic performance

Surgical Treatments for Shoulder Conditions and Injuries

At Raleigh Orthopaedic, we strive to address our patients’ orthopedic issues with conservative treatments whenever possible. However, our shoulder surgeons are experts in several approaches to repairing the shoulder, including those listed below.

Rotator Cuff Surgery See Full Details

Depending on the severity of the tear to your rotator cuff, our shoulder surgeons may completely reattach a torn tendon to the upper arm bone, or they may trim or smooth the rotator cuff if a smaller, partial tear is present. For larger rotator cuff tears, your repair will be augmented with a tissue graft, which will strengthen and thicken the tendon. In worst-case scenarios, your surgeon may also decide to further restore function by using a nearby tendon to help move your shoulder.

Shoulder Instability Surgery See Full Details

Surgery for shoulder instability will depend on your age, activity level, and injury severity. Your surgical plan may restore tears to the labrum at the edge of the shoulder socket or fill in a dent in your shoulder’s ball joint caused by dislocation. In cases where the shoulder socket has been too worn, your surgeon can transfer bone and muscles from a nearby area to support the weakened shoulder.

Shoulder Replacement Surgery See Full Details

Depending on the type and severity of your shoulder condition, shoulder replacement surgery will involve the upper arm bone and shoulder bone being separated and repaired, utilizing replacement ball and joint connections.

Shoulder Clinics in Wake County

Raleigh Orthopaedic provides treatment for shoulder injuries and conditions at several clinics in the Triangle Community. Our clinics can be found in Cary, Garner, Holly Springs, Raleigh, Wakefield, West Cary-Panther Creek. For those in need of shoulder surgery, we have two surgery centers in Raleigh and Panther Creek.

Cary Orthopedic Doctor’s Office Cary Office
Orthopedic Clinic : (919) 781-5600
Physical Therapy: (919) 863-5924
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Garner Orthopedic Doctor’s Office Raleigh Orthopaedic Garner office
Orthopedic Clinic : (919) 781-5600
Physical Therapy: (919) 863-6991
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Holly Springs Orthopedic Doctor’s Office Holly Springs Office
Orthopedic Clinic : (919) 781-5600
Physical Therapy: (919) 645-1411
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Raleigh Orthopedic Doctor’s Office Raleigh Orthopaedic Edward Mills office
Orthopedic Clinic : (919) 781-5600
Physical Therapy: (919) 781-4060
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Wakefield Orthopedic Doctor’s Office Raleigh Orthopaedic Wakefield
Orthopedic Clinic : (919) 781-5600
Physical Therapy: (919) 453-5638
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West Cary-Panther Creek Orthopedic Doctor’s Office Panther Creek
Orthopedic Clinic : (919) 781-5600
Physical Therapy: (919) 863-6975
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Additional Information for Your Shoulder Appointment

Insurance and Payments See Full Details
  • Aetna / Coventry
  • Alignment HC
  • Blue Cross
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Humana Military/ Tricare East
  • MedCost
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan / PHCS
  • Prime Health
  • United Healthcare
Your First Appointment See Full Details

Please come to your first appointment 30 minutes early with your photo ID, insurance card, and if applicable, images or scans related to your visit. If your insurance plan has a copay, that will be collected at the time of check-in. At your first appointment with Raleigh Orthopaedic, you will be expected to complete new patient forms, including a medical history questionnaire. You can update your demographics and fill out your new patient forms prior to your appointment through our Patient Portal. These forms will be used to get a baseline overview of pre-existing conditions and a better initial understanding of where and how you’re experiencing pain or discomfort.

What to do in Case of a Shoulder Emergency See Full Details

If you are in need of urgent orthopedic care, please visit one of our four orthopedic Urgent Care clinics at Garner, Holly Springs, Raleigh or Wakefield. For emergency medical care, please visit UNC Rex Hospital, where Raleigh Orthopaedic specialists are on call for orthopedic trauma at all hours of the day.

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