Whether through a sport, occupation, hobby, or life event, shoulder trauma can leave you feeling discouraged and uncomfortable. Dr. Michael Bercik, a board-certified orthopedic shoulder surgeon specialized in Orthopedic Traumatology, has years of experience helping patients navigate this difficult time and find relief from their symptoms. Residents of Lancaster, PA should get started by scheduling their first appointment at Lancaster Orthopedic Group.

Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon Lancaster, PADr. Michael Bercik is a highly skilled orthopedic shoulder surgeon who has excelled in his field academically, personally, and professionally. Not only was he awarded the Mark D Chilton award for outstanding patient care, but he won the Orthopaedic In-training Examination award for scoring the highest in his residency program. To further his practical skills in orthopedic traumatology, Dr. Bercik completed a fellowship at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School to focus specifically on advanced trauma and reconstructive surgery techniques. By mastering these skills, Dr. Bercik has been able to continue refining his techniques to offer patients state-of-the-art care, effective results, and long-term sustainability in their movement.

Treatment Options for Different Types of Shoulder Trauma

Trauma to the shoulder joint can be treated in several ways, but the best way will depend on the specific injury. While your lifestyle, body history, and individual anatomy will affect treatment options, common recommendations based on injury are as follows:

Clavicle Fractures: Clavicle fractures are often treated through nonsurgical methods to rehabilitate the soft tissues and stabilize the area during healing. Surgery is not often recommended except in cases of trauma leading to bones being severely out of place. When this occurs, screws and rods are often surgically placed to promote correct healing.

Scapula Fractures: Scapular fractures are typically treated nonsurgically with pain medication, slings, and ice to the area. If fracture fragments are present in the shoulder joint, surgery may be needed to fixate the bones and promote healing.

Proximal Humerus Fractures: Similar to other shoulder fractures, proximal humerus fractures can commonly be treated with nonsurgical methods unless severe displacement of bones is present.  

Shoulder Separations (Acromioclavicular Joint): Shoulder separations are typically treated nonsurgically for minor separations and surgically for severe separations. Surgery typically focuses on repairing ligaments that were damaged during the separation of the joint.

Shoulder Dislocations (Glenohumeral Joint): Shoulder dislocations are first treated by reducing the dislocation and restoring proper alignment of the joint. The area is then treated through the use of slings, pain medication, and braces. Soft tissue injuries are usually rehabilitated through physical therapy, and surgery is not often recommended for younger patients. In the case of continual dislocations, surgery may be recommended based on physician advice.

Ready to Begin?

Shoulder trauma can happen to people of all ages, and finding the right treatment option for you can feel like a long journey. However, orthopedic surgeons specializing in shoulder trauma, such as Dr. Bercik, can ensure you have a comprehensive assessment of your condition and a targeted treatment plan tailored to your needs. To get started with Dr. Bercik and our team at Lancaster Orthopedic Group, Lancaster residents should click the “Schedule An Appointment” link in the top right of the website or call (866) 564-1000.