Orthopedic Shoulder Surgeon Ephrata, PA
Residents of Ephrata, PA, looking for an Orthopedic shoulder surgeon should reach out to Dr. Michael J Bercik and our orthopedic team at Lancaster Orthopedics. We have years of experience treating the most complex conditions and are dedicated to achieving exceptional results for each of our patients.
Dr. Michael Bercik is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who has been recognized for his dedication to high-quality patient care and outstanding results. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University before he completed his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He was awarded the Mark D Chilton award for outstanding patient care, as well as the Orthopaedic In-training Examination award for achieving the highest score in the residency program.
Outside of his academic accomplishments, Dr. Bercik has developed a coveted skill set in world-class orthopedic techniques. He trained under some of the most influential shoulder surgeons in the world, including Dr. Gilles Walch at the Centre Orthopédique Santy in France. This expanded skillset has allowed Dr. Bercik to treat a wide range of conditions outside of traditional orthopedic methods, offering his patients state-of-the-art treatment methods and quick recovery times.
What is a Shoulder Doctor and What Do They Treat?
A shoulder doctor is an orthopedic specialist who treats ailments of the shoulder from diagnosis through recovery. This includes a wide range of shoulder conditions, such as fractured clavicles (collarbones), rotator cuff tears, arthritis, dislocation, overuse injuries, and chronic pain.
The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint that gives the arm a wide range of movement, which makes it especially prone to injuries and dislocations. Rotator cuff tears are some of the most common types of shoulder injuries because they involve the tendons and muscles that hold the shoulder joint together. This injury can happen through a traumatic event such as a collision or can happen through an accumulation of small injuries and overuse. Rotator cuff injuries are especially common among athletes that play sports requiring repetitive shoulder movements, such as tennis or baseball. However, aging, illness, falls, repetitive movements, and general bad luck can all lead to rotator cuff injuries.
Generally, your shoulder doctor will recommend a nonsurgical line of treatment first. This includes things like physical therapy, ice and heat therapy, cortisone injections, and rest. If these treatments are unsuccessful in relieving pain, shoulder surgery may be required. Experienced shoulder surgeons will be able to provide multiple types of shoulder procedures depending on your need, including arthroscopic surgery, shoulder reconstruction, shoulder replacement, and rotator cuff repair.
When possible, an arthroscopic procedure is recommended. This procedure is minimally invasive and is done by making tiny incisions and inserting a camera, light, and small equipment pieces into the incisions. This will allow the surgeon to perform the procedure with minimal damage to surrounding tissue. With less damage to surrounding tissue, healing and recovery time are reduced, and complications are less frequent. However, this is not possible for all procedures and another method may be more suitable for your needs.
Finding an experienced orthopedic shoulder surgeon can be hard, but we make it easy. Our team, including Dr. Michael Bercik, has years of experience helping Ephrata, PA, residents recover from shoulder injuries and improve their movement abilities. We specialize in conditions of the shoulder and ensure our patients are receiving the best treatments available from diagnosis to recovery. 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.