Shoulder Doctor

Our shoulder doctors at Litchfield Hills Orthopedic Associates, located in Torrington and Bristol,​​​​​ are recognized experts in the field and have the specialized knowledge and training to assess, diagnose, and treat a full range of shoulder injuries and conditions. 

With the widest range of motion of any joint in the body, the shoulder gives us flexibility and versatility. The shoulder is referred to as a ball-and-socket joint and is supported by a collection of muscles and tendons. Additionally, where the upper arm bone, or humerus, fits into the scapula, or shoulder blade, is rather loose thereby making this joint vulnerable to injury. Common shoulder ailments and injuries often treated by shoulder specialists and sports medicine physicians include:

  • Arthritis, or pain or stiffness in the shoulder
  • Bursitis, or painful inflammation within or around the shoulder joint
  • Dislocation, or the slip of one of the bones
  • Fractures, or a break in the bone
  • Frozen shoulder, or inflammation that causes pain and stiffness
  • Labral tear, or overuse or tear of the labrum
  • Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease from wear and tear
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, or immune system disorder
  • Rotator cuff injuries, or an injury to the muscles and tendons
  • Shoulder impingement, or inflammation or injury in the rotator cuff
  • Sports-related injuries and conditions
  • Sprains or strains, or when muscle fibers within the shoulder are abnormally stretched or torn
  • Tendon and ligament injuries
  • Tendonitis (medically referred to as tendinitis), or inflammation of the tendons
  • Trauma, or an unexpected injury to the shoulder

When to Choose a Shoulder Doctor Near You

Suffering from lingering symptoms of shoulder pain can lead to a prolonged or progressive condition or injury in patients. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is recommended that you contact a doctor or surgeon near you for treatment:

  • Discoloration or change in appearance
  • Experiencing pain beyond the shoulder area and into the elbow
  • Inability to walk or participate in daily activities without pain
  • Loss of function or feeling
  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness
  • Severe pain that does not improve with rest

If you're experiencing pain or discomfort in your upper arm or shoulder, start your journey to recovery by scheduling an appointment with our shoulder care expert. For consultation at our Torrington Office or our Bristol Office, simply request an appointment online today or call (860) 482-8539.

The Shoulder Expert at
Litchfield Hills Orthopedic Associates in Torrington and Bristol

Our specialty-trained shoulder surgeons, Dr. Leigh Brezenoff and Dr. Christopher Betz, are experienced and skilled in providing expert care for our shoulder and sports medicine patients. Though many shoulder conditions can be treated conservatively without surgery through the use of anti-inflammatory medication, injections, or physical therapy, there are injuries or conditions that may require surgery. If shoulder surgery is necessary for you, our doctors have the advanced training and expertise to perform several advanced surgical procedures and minimally invasive techniques, including:

At Litchfield Hills Orthopedic Associates, our orthopedic specialists and staff understand the first step towards reducing your shoulder pain and restoring your health is a proper diagnosis to determine the specific cause of your pain. To schedule a consultation with our specialty-trained shoulder doctor and specialist to discuss your condition and treatment options, you may request an appointment online or call (860) 482-8539 and be seen in Torrington or Bristol.