Arthritis is the “wear and tear” condition in which the joint has lost its lubrication layer (the cartilage). In other words, the ball bearings are shot. This can cause pain, especially with shoulder movement. Shoulder arthritis can be repaired surgically with a total shoulder replacement or a reverse shoulder replacement.

Pre-Op Info Sheet – Shoulder Replacement
Pre-Op Info Sheet – Reverse Shoulder Replacement

Rotator Cuff Tears

The rotator cuff is a series of muscles that has several important functions in your shoulder. For example, they help stabilize your shoulder and also assist in shoulder motion. Rotator cuff tears can be painful and lead to problems lifting, elevating your shoulder, or sleeping. Dr. Bercik treats rotator cuff tears with advanced arthroscopic techniques – never with a big incision.

Pre-op Info Sheet

Acromioclavicular Joint Injuries / "Shoulder Separations"

A “shoulder separation” is an injury to the acromioclavicular (AC) joint. This is often caused by a direct impact or a fall onto the outstretched hand. As a result, the clavicle (“collar bone”) pops up and you may notice a bump on the top of your shoulder. While this is often treated nonoperatively, Dr. Bercik performs arthroscopic AC repairs when needed.

Labral Tears and Shoulder Dislocations

The glenoid labrum is a bumper that surrounds the glenoid (the “cup”) of your shoulder joint. It helps maintain the stability of your shoulder joint, so that the humeral head (the “ball”) doesn’t pop out. When you have labral tears, it can be painful or even cause shoulder instability.

Pre-op Info Sheet

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder is a painful condition in which the capsule (the outer layer of the shoulder) of your shoulder joint gets inflamed and limits your shoulder range of motion. If you have a frozen shoulder, you may notice a significant decrease in your shoulder movement and also an increase in pain.

Pre-op Info Sheet

Shoulder Fractures

Dr. Bercik manages a wide variety of broken bones around the shoulder including the clavicle (“collar bone”), the proximal humerus, humeral shaft, the glenoid, and the scapula (“shoulder blade”). Sometimes fractures can be treated arthroscopically, and sometimes they are treated with plates and screws (“open reduction and internal fixation”).