Shoulder Overview

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, over 4 million people in the United States seek medical care each year for shoulder problems. Each year, shoulder problems account for over 1.5 million visits to orthopaedic surgeons.

Shoulder problems develop from everyday wear and tear, overuse, or an injury. They can also be caused by the natural process of aging.

Shoulder problems can be minor or serious. Shoulder injuries most commonly occur during sports activities, work-related tasks, projects around the home, or falls. Home treatment often can help relieve minor aches and pains.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Changes in temperature or color
  • Changes in your range of motion

Whatever the cause, it is important to make an accurate diagnosis so that the appropriate treatment can be started. Dr. Matthys has learned the most modern techniques used to treat various shoulder conditions, both surgically and non-surgically. Dr. Matthys is American Board Certified and a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has trained extensively and is fellowship trained by some of the leaders in field. His 1-year fellowship training in the area of the shoulder and elbow was located at the Baylor University Medical Center and the Carrell Clinic, Dallas TX under the supervision of Wayne Z. Burkhead MD.

To learn more about your shoulder problem, review the subheadings listed or visit our patient education section. If you would like to see Dr. Matthys for your problem, visit our locations page for a clinic near you.