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Shoulder Conditions and Surgery

shoulder_copyShoulder problems afflict the young and the old alike, with symptoms caused by trauma or through repetitive overuse activity.

Recreational activities involving repetitive overhead motions, such as tennis, baseball, racquet sports and swimming can make you more prone to shoulder injuries.  Sometimes, shoulder problems are due to a particular event, such as shoulder dislocations or separations. Middle-aged or older patients often develop symptoms related to their rotator cuff or arthritic changes of the ball and socket joint.

Learn more about common shoulder conditions and injuries.

Our Shoulder Expertise

If you have a shoulder condition or injury, you have found the right practice.  Our fellowship-trained practitioners will provide comprehensive, detailed evaluations and treatment strategies, including the most advanced and recent developments in shoulder care.

All of our surgeons are faculty members at major medical institutions, and are actively involved in teaching and training both future orthopaedic doctors of tomorrow and current practicing physicians.

Shoulder Evaluation


If you are having shoulder problems, the shoulder experts at Washington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine provide comprehensive management of all shoulder conditions.  Highly respected, our specialists focus on the causes of your injury, appropriate treatment techniques and getting you back to your activities.

Appropriate evaluation typically includes:

  • Thorough orthopaedic history
  • Focused physical examination
  • X-rays (when indicated)
  • Appropriate advanced imaging studies, (e.g. MRI or CT scan) as necessary

Shoulder Treatment

The causes of your shoulder injury or condition, as well as your level of activity, will lead your doctor to recommend treatment that is right for you.  We direct treatment alternatives based on your problem, and range from “conservative” management options such as activity modification, physical therapy and injections, to surgical intervention using advanced arthroscopic techniques.

Shoulder Surgery

Surgery may be indicated for treating some particularly common conditions. Most are amenable to advanced arthroscopic techniques, including:

Please call us for an appointment at 202-787-5601.

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SHOULDER specialists

Marc D.
Connell, MD
About Dr. Connell
Marc D. Connell, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in Sports Medicine and Joint Replacement.
Richard M.
Grossman, MD
About Dr. Grossman
Dr. Grossman specializes in arthroscopy of the knee and shoulder, fracture care, total joint replacement of the hip and knee, and sprains and strains.
Jonas R.
Rudzki, MD
About Dr. Rudzki
Dr. Jonas R. Rudzki is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine, with a concentration on conditions and injuries of the shoulder, knee, and elbow.
Benjamin S.
Shaffer, MD
About Dr. Shaffer
Dr. Benjamin S. Shaffer, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy, with particular expertise in problems of the shoulder, elbow and knee.
Anthony S.
Unger, MD
About Dr. Unger
Dr. Anthony S. Unger, MD, is the nationally recognized expert in Total Joint Replacement and Minimally Invasive Surgery.


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