Shoulder and elbow disorders are often associated with baseball players and other athletes. But they can affect people from all walks of life. We constantly use these joints to lift, reach, push and pull. So it's no wonder many of us come down with pain, stiffness or other problems in our shoulder or elbows.
If you’re battling bursitis or struggling with swimmer’s shoulder, turn to Mercy’s orthopedic specialists for expert care and advice. No matter how serious your condition, we’ll help relieve your pain and restore function to your elbow or shoulder.
Your shoulder is called a ball-and-socket joint. That’s because the top of your upper arm has a rounded shape, like a ball. It fits into a cup-shaped hollow (socket) in your shoulder blade.
Ball-and-socket joints are highly flexible. In fact, your shoulder has a broader, more diverse range of motion than any other joint in your body.
The elbow is a hinge joint that connects your forearm to your upper arm. It allows you to bend and straighten your arm.
Your shoulders and elbows are held together by various tissues. Ligaments connect the bones to other bones. Tendons connect bones with muscles. And a layer of slippery tissue called cartilage covers the ends of your bones. This helps them glide against each other during movement.
If something harms part of your joint – whether it's a bone or the tissue around it – you may have pain, weakness, numbness and other symptoms that make it hard to use your arm or shoulder.
Mercy’s orthopedic team includes doctors with advanced training and experience in shoulder and elbow disorders, including:
We know a loss of joint function can mean a loss of many things, including your ability to work or play. We’ll get your shoulder or elbow back in good working order – so you can get back to doing all the things you love.