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Shoulder Care

Shoulder Treatment and Replacement

Whether you’re dealing with a sports-related injury or debilitating arthritis, don't let shoulder pain hold you back. At Adventist Orthopedic Care, we’re proactive about keeping you active.Our team of board-certified physicians, surgeons, therapists and clinical specialists use only the most advanced treatments, robotic surgical tools and therapies so that you spend less time in recovery and more time enjoying your life.

Call us today at 630-856-7525 to see how the specialists at Adventist Orthopedic Care can help you get back to enjoying life pain-free.

Advanced Diagnosis

The first step in successfully eliminating shoulder pain is an accurate diagnosis. We are one of the first orthopedic programs in the area to offer the state-of-the-art 3T MRI scanner. It quickly provides clear images, meaning treatment can begin sooner. Armed with this information, our team can determine the most effective and least-invasive treatment option for you. We are experienced in treating the full range of should injuries and conditions, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Avascular Necrosis
  • Fractures
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Labral Tears
  • Loose Bodies
  • Osteoporosis
  • Rotator Cuff Tears, Injuries
  • Separation and Dislocation
  • Impingement

Progressive Treatment Options

Adventist Orthopedic Care offers some of the most progressive orthopedic procedures, including:

Shoulder Arthroscopy - Arthroscopy uses a small, pen-shaped camera inserted through a tiny incision to examine the joint and assist with rotator cuff and other shoulder surgeries. Often the joint is accessed by separating the deltoid and pectoral muscles, a largely nerve-free area of the shoulder. This minimally invasive technique can help speed recovery, reduce pain and minimize scarring in comparison to traditional surgery.

Shoulder Revision - During rotator cuff surgery, loose fragments of tendon, bursa and other debris are removed from the area and more room is made for the rotator cuff tendon to relieve pinching or irritation. This may include shaving bone or removing bone spurs from the shoulder blade. The torn edges of the tendon are then sewn together to the top of the arm bone.

Reverse Shoulder Replacement - For those with large rotator cuff tears who have developed cuff tear arthropathy, conventional shoulder replacement-replacing the upper arm bone with a metal ball and fitting a plastic cup in the shoulder socket--may not be an option. Reverse total shoulder replacement switches the joint, affixing the metal ball to the shoulder socket and the plastic cup to the upper end of the arm bone. Although this does not restore full movement, patients are typically very satisfied with the level of pain relief provided by this procedure.

Shoulder Resurfacing - Shoulder resurfacing is an alternative to a total shoulder replacement for younger, active patients. Rather than replacing one or both of the shoulder joint bones, the diseased or injured portion is removed and the damaged ball of the arm bone is replaced with a metallic head. This allows most of the natural bone to remain intact. Other benefits to this procedure include less tissue trauma, no risk of fracture and quicker, less painful recovery times.

Shoulder Fracture Repair - Although most can be treated without surgery, some shoulder fractures do require surgery in order to lessen the risk of developing arthritis or prevent them from healing in the wrong position. Fractures may need to be fixed with wires, pins, plates or screws.

Joint Revision Surgery - In the rare occurrence that a prosthetic joint need to be replaced, joint revision surgery is required. This procedure is often more complex than the original joint replacement, requiring a highly experienced surgeon, specialized tools and careful planning.


After your procedure, our expert rehabilitation team will develop an individualized treatment program designed to quickly get you on the road to recovery. We take a team approach to recovery, with you as our most important team member. By emphasizing patient education, we also improve long-term outcomes of treatment. Our therapists and physicians are committed to providing comprehensive care an unmatched level of service at all of our hospitals and rehabilitation facilities.