The shoulder is among the most intricate joints in the human body, and damage to this region can quickly result in pain during everyday activities. Tasks such as housework, exercise, and even driving can become uncomfortable or unmanageable. When shoulder pain occurs, it is crucial to promptly seek care from a highly skilled professional. For those residing or working in Brownstone, PA, Dr. Michael Bercik and the team at Lancaster Orthopedics can ensure you follow the best path to recovery.

Shoulder Doctor Brownstown, PADr. Michael Bercik earned his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, where he also completed a fellowship in Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery. During this fellowship, he gained proficiency in advanced methods for treating acute fractures and post-traumatic complications, including nonunions, malunions, infections, and arthritis.

Dr. Bercik further expanded his expertise by participating in two international fellowships – one at the esteemed Centre Orthopédique Santy in France, and another at the Melbourne Shoulder and Elbow Centre and Monash University. Throughout these fellowships, Dr. Bercik continued to learn cutting-edge techniques, integrating them with his medical education to refine his advanced surgical practices. While completing his fellowships, Dr. Bercik had the opportunity to study under some of the most renowned surgeons in the world, such as Dr. Gilles Walch, which significantly enhanced his skills.

Common Shoulder Conditions and Their Treatment

Dr. Bercik is well-versed in diagnosing and treating various shoulder conditions. Some of the most common shoulder issues include:

  1. Rotator cuff tears: These occur when the tendons of the rotator cuff muscles become damaged or torn. Treatment options include rest, physical therapy, and in more severe cases, surgery.
  2. Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis): This condition is characterized by stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint, limiting mobility. Treatment may involve physical therapy, medications, and sometimes surgical intervention.
  3. Shoulder impingement: This occurs when the tendons or bursa in the shoulder become compressed, causing pain and inflammation. Treatment can include rest, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and surgery if necessary.
  4. Shoulder instability: This condition is the result of the shoulder joint becoming loose, leading to dislocations or subluxations. Treatment typically involves physical therapy to strengthen the surrounding muscles and, in severe cases, surgery to repair damaged structures.
  5. Labral tears: These are injuries to the labrum, a fibrocartilaginous ring surrounding the glenoid cavity on the scapula. Treatment options include physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, and surgery.

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Dr. Bercik and the team at Lancaster Orthopedic Group are committed to providing patients with the most effective and appropriate treatment options for their individual needs. They work closely with patients to develop customized treatment plans that address the underlying cause of their shoulder pain and help them achieve optimal shoulder health. To make your first appointment, contact us by using the “Schedule An Appointment” link in the top right of the website or calling (866) 564-1000.