Pikes Peak Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

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Shoulder and Elbow

The shoulder and elbow are among the body’s weakest joints; they are likewise among the most heavily used. As aging, overuse, trauma and orthopedic conditions take their toll on these critical components, pain, soreness and reduced mobility can emerge.


The painful symptoms of shoulder and elbow conditions can have a great impact on lifestyle. For athletes and adventurers in the Aspen area, this means an impaired ability to participate in activities, including skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, rock climbing and more. For many professionals, it may mean an inability to perform necessary workplace tasks. And for all affected patients, shoulder and elbow symptoms severely compromise the ability to enjoy life to its fullest.

Comprehensive orthopedic issues require comprehensive solutions. At OrthoAspen, our shoulder and elbow specialists are trained to evaluate, diagnose and perform conservative as well as surgical treatment for all shoulder, elbow and upper extremity conditions. By seeking treatment in the shoulder and elbow at the first signs of pain, you can often avoid surgery. If your pain is diagnosed early, it can often be eliminated through the help of strengthening exercises and physical therapy.

Treatment plans at OrthoAspen are specialized and patient-centric, meaning each step of the shoulder and elbow treatment process is designed and adapted to address the specific conditions of your physiology and the particular symptoms you are experiencing. From osteoarthritis to shoulder dislocations and rotator cuff tears, we provide advanced care and effective solutions for the full range of orthopedic issues that affect shoulder and elbow patients.

Sports Medicine Overview

Sports injuries occur when playing indoor or outdoor sports or while exercising. They can result from accidents, inadequate training, improper use of protective devices, or insufficient stretching or warm-up exercises. The most common sports injuries are sprains and strains, fractures and dislocations.

Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries include the injuries in the leg below the knee, and they are common in athletes and while playing sports such as football, hockey and skating. Common sports injuries to the foot and ankle include sprains and strains, ankle fractures, and Achilles tendinitis. Treatment for these conditions may include orthotics, braces, physical therapy, injections or surgery.

Shoulder Injuries

Severe pain in your shoulders while playing your favorite sport, such as tennis, basketball and golf, may be caused by a torn ligament or dislocation of the shoulder bone. These may result from overuse of your shoulder while playing sports. Simple pain or acute injuries may be treated with conservative treatment, while chronic injuries may require surgical treatment.

Hip Injuries

Fractures of the femur bone, labral tear and hip dislocation are some of the common sports injuries affecting the hip. The hip joint bears more weight and is more susceptible for injuries while playing sports. Hip injuries require immediate medical intervention to avoid further complications. Rehabilitation programs and physical therapy are often recommended following medical intervention, where you need to perform certain exercises to strengthen your muscles and improve movements.

Knee Injuries

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is major stabilizing ligament in the knee, which may tear with overuse while playing sports. The ACL has poor ability to heal and may cause instability. Other common sports injuries in the knee include cartilage damage and meniscal tear. Knee injuries during sports may require surgical intervention, which can be performed using a minimally invasive technique. Your surgeon will recommend physical therapy to strengthen your muscles, and improve elasticity and movement of the bones and joints.