Elbow and shoulder
The risk of upper-extremity degenerative injuries increases in a population that remains active in recreational activities well into its 60s and beyond. There are a multitude of shoulder and elbow injuries that can prevent individuals from living an active, pain-free life.
Summa Health System treats shoulder and elbow conditions in patients ranging from pediatrics to senior citizens.
Surgeons of Summa Health System cover every kind of complex condition of the shoulder and elbow, including:
• Rotator cuff
• Shoulder replacement
• Fracture repair
• Instability of the shoulder
They have a wealth of experience – more than other surgeons in the Akron area – and perform thousands of procedures each year. Many shoulder and elbow specialists have completed fellowships, enhancing their education and experience.
Surgeons cover conditions in the shoulder that include tendon transfers and fracture work, as well as joint replacement, rotator cuff and instability surgeries. They also perform arthroscopic reconstructions.
One procedure, reverse shoulder replacement, can offer patients with an irreparable rotator cuff and no overhead function the ability to improve their range of motion and eliminate pain.
Not every condition requires surgical reconstruction, however, and Summa Health System has skilled, non-surgical professionals to tailor a treatment plan specific to a patient's condition. Some patients with rotator cuff problems, for example, can be treated non-surgically with a modification of activities, physical therapy, injections and anti-inflammatory drugs.
The wealth of experience of the shoulder and elbow specialists of Summa Health System, both in terms of training and case volume, helps deliver an exceptionally high level of care and surgical expertise to patients.
To schedule an appointment with a shoulder specialist, go to Find a Physician.