Orthopedic Shoulder Specialist Reading, PA
Are you living or working in Reading, PA and in need of an orthopedic shoulder specialist? Look no further than Dr. Michael J Bercik and our experienced team. Our team is specialized in conditions and injuries of the shoulder and ensure that our patients are treated with state-of-the-art equipment and treatment methods.
Dr. Bercik completed two international fellowships, including one under Dr. Gilles Walch, one of the most experienced and influential shoulder surgeons in the world. This fellowship allowed Dr. Bercik to learn the “tricks of the trade” and bring shoulder treatment options back with him that go beyond standard shoulder procedures. We are able to use the most advanced techniques to help patients recover in minimal time with outstanding results.
Dr. Bercik has been recognized for his standout performance as an orthopedic surgeon through the annual Orthopaedic In-training examination award and the Mark D Chilton award for outstanding patient care. When you look for an orthopedic shoulder specialist, you can trust Dr. Bercik and our expert team to deliver high quality results.
Shoulder dislocation is caused by the humerus, also known as the upper arm bone, popping out of the shoulder socket. Because of the anatomy of the shoulder joint, it is more susceptible to dislocation than other joints.
If you believe you have a dislocated shoulder, you should seek medical attention promptly. One dislocation greatly increases the chance of repeat dislocations, and your joint may become increasingly unstable over time. The most common causes of shoulder dislocation include:
- Sports: Sports injuries are a common cause of shoulder dislocation, especially in contact sports such as football, hockey, and basketball. Sports than involve falls, such as skiing and gymnastics, are also high risk for shoulder dislocation.
- Trauma: A collision, such as in a car accident, can result in a dislocated shoulder.
- Falling: If you suffer a fall, such as when riding a bike or climbing a ladder, this can lead to shoulder dislocation. This is higher risk for older adults but can happen at any age.
The first symptoms you may notice after dislocating your shoulder include a visibly deformed shoulder, swelling, bruising, acute pain, and movement restriction. You may also feel numbness, weakness, and tingling around the area of the injury, or in surrounding areas such as the neck or arm.
If you experience these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. While waiting for medical attention, you should:
- Stabilize the joint: Try to wear a sling to immobilize the joint and prevent any further injuries. This can help to prevent damage to surrounding tissues and reduce the likelihood of complication.
- Ice the injury: Apply ice to the shoulder at the injured site to reduce swelling and help alleviate pain.
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If you need an orthopedic shoulder specialist and live or work in Reading, PA, look no further than Dr. Michael Bercik and our highly skilled orthopedic team. We work with our patients through every step of the process and ensure you are comfortable and confident in each step of your care. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bercik, please click the “Schedule An Appointment” link in the top right of the website or call (866) 564-1000.