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Our shoulder doctors at Sports Medicine North are the North Shore's recognized experts in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients' shoulder injuries and conditions.

The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint comprised of the clavicle (collarbone), scapula (shoulder blade), and humerus (upper arm bone), as well as numerous muscles, ligaments, and tendons. All of these components work together to provide us with mobility and stability for numerous activities such as lifting, pushing, and pulling. Because the shoulder is the most mobile and flexible joint in our body, it is more susceptible to stress, overuse, injury, and degeneration, especially the rotator cuff. The shoulder is a common source of aches and pains, which can either be the result of repetitive motion used in many sports, at work, or during daily activities or from the natural degenerative wear and tear from aging.

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

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is recommended that you contact a shoulder doctor to discuss the available treatment options:

  • Aching pain
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Grinding noise when moving your shoulder
  • Radiating pain from the shoulder down the arm to the elbow and hand
  • Shoulder pain when raising your arm
  • Sleep disruption due to throbbing pain
  • Stiff shoulder 
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness

If you have any of these painful symptoms, it is important to make an appointment with a shoulder specialist for assessment and diagnosis. Our doctors at Sports Medicine North provide treatments for a variety of shoulder injuries and conditions.

Common injuries and conditions affecting the shoulder that can be diagnosed and treated by our doctors and surgeons include:

  • Acromioclavicular (AC) joint disorder
  • Arthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Bursitis
  • Dislocation or separation
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Labral tears
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Scapula or clavicle fractures
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Tendonitis

Some shoulder injuries and conditions can be effectively treated through conservative techniques such as physical therapy, medication, exercise, ultrasounds, or injections. However, if conservative methods do not provide adequate relief and surgery is absolutely necessary to ensure a complete recovery, our surgeons are able to offer the latest advancements in state-of-the-art shoulder surgery that promotes an effective return to active living. Common surgical procedures performed by our surgeons include arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, arthroscopic labral repair, total shoulder replacement, biceps tendon repair, and shoulder resurfacing, as well as many other techniques. Please be assured that, although highly skilled in the latest state-of-the-art surgical methods, our shoulder surgeons always consider using nonoperative methods to restore your health first.

Sports Medicine North’s orthopedic shoulder specialists are dedicated to providing surgical and nonsurgical approaches to treating your acute and chronic shoulder conditions. Our shoulder specialists strive to offer the highest level of care that helps restore function, reduce discomfort, provide relief, and prevent further injury from occurring.

To consult with a shoulder doctor at Sports Medicine North, please request an appointment online or call (978) 818-6350. We have three offices conveniently located in Peabody, Beverly, and Newburyport.

Why Choose Sports Medicine North?

At Sports Medicine North, our board-certified shoulder surgeons, David J. Fehnel, M.D., Eric Fu, M.D., Steven Mattheos, M.D., James D. O’Holleran, M.D., Jeffrey A. Polansky, M.D., Peter M. Prokopis, M.D., and Bojan B. Zoric, M.D., have all completed additional training specifically in the shoulder. With this advanced training, they all have the experience and expertise to assess, diagnose, and treat your shoulder injuries or conditions.

Additionally, our licensed physical therapists at Physical Therapy North are committed to providing integrated, state-of-the-art physical and occupational therapy care and rehabilitation. They work closely with our doctors and take a team approach to develop a treatment plan that is specialized to your individual needs.

To consult with one of our Sports Medicine North shoulder doctors about your treatment options, please request an appointment online or call (978) 818-6350. We also provide more information relating to fitness, training tips, and nutrition for athletes of all skill levels through our Athlete and Parent’s Online Guide to Sports Medicine.