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The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint comprised of a system of muscles and ligaments connecting the clavicle (collarbone), scapula (shoulder blade), and humerus (upper arm bone). It is the most versatile joint in the body with the broadest range of motion, and its complex structure allows for tremendous flexibility. However, this wide range of motion also increases injury vulnerability.


At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery, our specialty-trained shoulder doctors are the leading experts in assessing, diagnosing, and treating shoulder injuries and conditions.

When Should I Consult a Shoulder Specialist?

Shoulder pain is typically the result of one of the following causes: fractures, instability, arthritis, or inflammation. These shoulder injuries and conditions can disrupt your lifestyle and significantly reduce your quality of life. It's time to schedule a consultation with an orthopaedic shoulder specialist if you are experiencing one or more of the following shoulder symptoms: 


  • Shoulder stiffness and pain

  • Inability to reach overhead without pain

  • Limited range of motion 

  • Shoulder pain while at rest, especially during the night

  • A grinding, locking, or popping sensation in the shoulder


At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery, our shoulder doctors are committed to developing personalized treatment plans to accommodate your specific condition and get you back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely. With years of experience and advanced training devoted to the orthopaedic care of the shoulder, our esteemed shoulder specialists are unparalleled experts in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating shoulder injuries and conditions.


Thank you very much to the team at VSON. My son recently had two different shoulder surgeries. As an avid golfer, rock climber, and skier, full use of his shoulder is critical! His surgeries went very well with minimal pain. He felt so good he went out with friends the day after his surgery! We are truly grateful to you for taking such great care of him. He will be back to climbing mountains in no time. Grateful!

Skye S.

Common Shoulder Conditions


Personalized Shoulder Care for Your Lifestyle

Shoulder pain can be caused by a sports injury, fall, repetitive motions, overuse, or a degenerative disease. These shoulder injuries and conditions can impact the bones and surrounding tissues in the shoulder, causing pain, instability, and impingement. 


Whether you're suffering from a recent injury, such as a rotator cuff tear, or from chronic pain, such as shoulder arthritis, our shoulder doctors at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery are dedicated to accurately diagnosing and effectively treating the root of your condition. Contact our shoulder team today and get back to doing the activities you love, pain-free!

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