There are many conditions that affect the shoulder, requiring medical treatment and possibly surgery. Common shoulder conditions include:
There are many factors that your doctor will use to determine the specific treatment for your injury, including age, overall health, medical history, and the severity of the condition. Not every injury requires surgery and non-surgical treatments can include modifications to your exercise regimen, rest, physical therapy, and medications. If non-surgical treatments do not work, you may need surgery to repair the shoulder.
After tests have been completed to determine the extent of the shoulder damage, surgery may be needed. At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, our orthopaedic surgeons with the Harvard Shoulder Service – working in collaboration with colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital – provide the latest advanced treatments and surgical techniques for shoulder repair. Our experts provide:
Orthopaedic surgeons in the Orthopaedic & Arthritis Center at BWH provide unique, innovative and comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and management for shoulder injuries and a wide spectrum of other orthopaedic conditions and injuries.
The Advanced Center for Cartilage Repair, Shoulder, and Sports Injury at BWH is a first of its kind center in New England. Our staff is experienced in the most advanced treatments of ligament and cartilage injuries, joint preservation, and total joint replacements to the knee as well as hip and shoulder.
The Orthopaedic & Arthritis Center at BWH is one of the most highly regarded orthopaedic and joint disease research and treatment programs in the world. Comprehensive and innovative bone and joint care is the foundation of the Center, beginning nearly a century ago when one of our founding hospitals, the Robert Breck Brigham Hospital, became the first teaching hospital in the country wholly devoted to arthritis and related diseases.
Today, the Center – a collaboration of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy - is known for its pioneering team of physicians and researchers dedicated to doing everything possible for our patients while helping to develop and apply the most advanced treatments for bone and joint diseases and conditions.
Patient- and Family-focused Care
Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) has long been committed to not only the care of our patients, but also the many other needs that they and their families have. This philosophy of patient- and family-focused care – involving systems and services that emphasize healing in a comfortable, relaxed environment – is a guiding force behind the care we provide at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Quality of Patient Care
BWH is committed to providing all of our patients with the safest, highest-quality, most-satisfying care possible and follow established protocols that have been shown to improve patient outcomes. Our Inpatient Satisfaction Survey, sent to patients’ to assess their total care experience, helps us to monitor what we are doing well and areas for improvement. We pride ourselves in the Quality of Patient Care we provide and how we are measured compared with other hospitals.
Year after year, our Orthopaedic Services - working closely with colleagues in Rheumatology - are ranked among the top programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
If you believe you should have an evaluation and would like to schedule an appointment with one of our orthopaedic experts, call 1-800-294-9999 to speak to one of our knowledgeable coordinators who can help to connect you to the doctor that best meets your needs.