Whether you have chronic shoulder pain or have suffered a recent injury, an orthopedic shoulder surgeon can help you alleviate pain and improve your ease of movement. Residents of Reading, PA, should look no further than Dr. Michael J Bercik and our team and Lancaster Orthopedics.

Orthopedic Shoulder Surgeon Reading, PADr. Michael J Bercik is a standout orthopedic surgeon with a specialty in conditions of the shoulder. He has been recognized for his outstanding work through being awarded the Mark D Chilton award for outstanding patient care and the annual Orthopaedic In-training examination award for recognition of his expertise.

Outside of these awards, Dr. Bercik has completed two international fellowships training under some of the best shoulder and elbow surgeons in the world. These fellowships have allowed him to bring a comprehensive perspective to conditions of the shoulder and design treatment plans that are creative and effective outside of standard care options. We are dedicated to bringing the highest quality of care to residents of Reading, PA, and you can feel confident trusting us with your condition.

The Bones of the Shoulder

The shoulder is comprised of many bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles working together to give you full mobility. The Humerus is the main bone of the shoulder joint, and the head of the humerus is big compared to the size of the shoulder socket. The humerus is the bone that runs from your elbow to your shoulder. The Humerus has an articular surface and the greater and lesser tuberosities, which provide attachment sites for rotator cuff muscles.

Another significant bone in the shoulder in the clavicle, which is commonly referred to as the collar bone. This bone has an ‘S’ shape and lies horizontally across the front of the chest. The clavicle provides attachment sites for muscles and protects the nerves and blood vessels of the chest and neck. The clavicle is also the only bony connection between the arm and the rest of the main body.

The scapula is a flat bone that is made of 4 parts. It is made of the coracoid, the acromion, the spine, and the glenoid cavity. The coracoid is an attachment site for muscles and is used as a guiding piece for shoulder surgeries. The acromion attaches to muscles and the Coraco-Acromial ligament, which helps to stabilize the shoulder joint. The glenoid makes up what we know as the shoulder socket.

The Shoulder Joint

The shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint, which is why your arm can rotate and move much more freely than other joints in your body such as the knees. The socket (glenoid) is shallow compared to many other joints in the body, which increases mobilities. The ball is around 3 to 4 times picker than the socket, which allows movement but also increases the risk of dislocation. A thickened fibrous cartilage, called the ‘Labrum,’ helps to increase stability.

Contact Us Today!

Nobody should feel unsure of the next step in their care plan. When dealing with conditions and injuries of the shoulder, finding a board certified orthopedic shoulder surgeon can help direct you towards the best treatment plans and recovery options. Residents of Reading, PA, can feel confident moving forward with our team. 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.