Shoulder specialists have years of subspeciality training to learn advanced techniques that minimize pain and maximize treatment results. If you are experiencing pain in your shoulders or elbows and live in Wernersville, PA, Dr. Michael Bercik at Lancaster Orthopedic Group can provide you with convenient and affordable high-quality care. 

Shoulder Specialist Wernersville, PADr. Michael Bercik is a board-certified orthopedic shoulder specialist who has specialized his training in surgery, fracture care, and traumatology. He began his education at Georgetown University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He then followed his passion for medicine and completed his medical degree at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and his orthopedic surgery residency at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, PA. 

Dr. Bercik has spent years polishing his skill set to treat shoulder and elbow ailments, but his work is never finished. As technology continues to expand and develop globally, Dr. Bercik is dedicated to keeping his skills on the cutting edge of science. He is active in research and education, has published several peer-reviewed journals, and co-authored a book chapter. When you come to Lancaster Orthopedic Group, you can expect access to state-of-the-art equipment, modern methods, and a treat that genuinely cares about your success.

What is shoulder instability?

Shoulder instability is when the ball of the shoulder socket—the humeral head—is not able to stay securely in the socket of the shoulder joint. This typically occurs from the ligaments or labrum stretching, tearing, or detaching. This weakens the stabilizing structures in the shoulder and consequently leads to shoulder instability.

What are the symptoms of shoulder instability?

Shoulder instability typically leads to a feeling that the shoulder will “give way” and the shoulder joint will separate. This feeling may be associated with specific movements, such as throwing an object or reaching in certain directions. Many people also feel pain, have restricted arm movement, and experience bruising and swelling. Whether you have experienced a dislocation or not, feelings of shoulder instability should be discussed with a shoulder specialist to develop a preventative plan and strengthen surrounding tissues. 

How do you diagnose shoulder instability?

Shoulder instability is diagnosed by a medical professional through x-rays, physical examinations, MRIs, and CTs. Depending on your symptoms, your shoulder specialist will perform a range of tests to look at the degree of shoulder looseness and severity of the instability. Alternative conditions, such as fractures, will also be ruled out during assessments to ensure your treatment plan is right for you. 

How do you treat shoulder instability?

Treatment for shoulder instability typically involves rest, ice, NSAIDs, activity alterations, immobilization, and, in some cases, surgery. While surgery is rare, patients with repeat or severe dislocations may benefit from surgical techniques to tighten surrounding tissues and improve stability of the shoulder. Following the initial healing period, most patients will receive a set of strengthening exercises and at-home treatment methods that are designed to prevent future instability and help them return to their normal routine safely. These exercises may be recommended to be done under the guidance of a physical therapist.

Ready to begin?

When it comes to shoulder injuries, it is better to seek treatment quickly with a shoulder specialist. Having chronic discomfort can lead to complications, longer healing times, and significantly decrease the quality of your everyday life. For residents of Wernersville, PA, interested in scheduling their first appointment, use the “Schedule An Appointment” link in the top right of the website or call (866) 564-1000.