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Your shoulder joint is composed of three bones: the clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the humerus (upper arm bone), as well as associated musclesligaments, and tendons. The edge of the scapula, called the acromion, forms the top of the shoulder.

The shoulder is one of the most movable joints in the body, but also one of the most potentially unstable joints. As a result, it is the site of many common problems. Many shoulder problems are caused by the breakdown of soft tissues in the shoulder region.

The shoulder is extremely complex, but understanding the structure of the shoulder can help you understand how this part of the body works and how it can become injured. There are many ways your shoulder can become injured, but knowing how to treat it is a different story.

Consult with the orthopedic surgeons at The Greater Washington Orthopaedic Group to find out whether shoulder replacement surgery is a good option for you, if you are experiencing:

  • Shoulder pain that limits daily activities
  • Discomfort that causes loss of sleep, or an inability to rest easily without significant pain
  • Inability to improve your condition through the use of medication, physical therapy, or other treatments
  • Significant loss of range of motion

Our physicians treat these problems, including: sprains, strains, dislocations, separations, tendonitis, bursitis, torn rotator cuffs, frozen shoulder, fractures, and arthritis.


  • Shoulder Dislocations
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Impingement Syndrome
  • Labral (SLAP) Tears of the Shoulder
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Biceps Tendon Tear


Our surgeons perform a high volume of arthroscopic and open treatment for common issues including rotator cuff tears, shoulder dislocations, and shoulder arthritis. Other forms of treatment include:

  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopy
  • Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Reverse Shoulder Replacement
  • Ultrasound Guided Injections
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