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Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic has defined Alaskan orthopedics for over 50 years. With the strength of experience, our shoulder doctors deliver the specialized shoulder and upper extremity care Alaskans need to stay strong. 

Discomfort in the shoulder joint can limit your range of motion and make it challenging for you to keep up with day-to-day responsibilities. Shoulder pain can worsen over time if not properly diagnosed and treated. The good news is diagnosis and treatment are both available here at our sports medicine and orthopedic practice. We have specialty-trained shoulder doctors who can take a look at your ailment and recommend the best remedy, from casting, splinting, and physical therapy programs to the latest in shoulder surgery.

But when should you schedule an appointment with a doctor? We recommend visiting our specialists if your shoulder pain worsens over time and you are unable to sleep at night or carry out simple tasks.

When you visit our specialists, the first step is always evaluation. We'll ask some questions about your medical history, perform a full physical examination, and possibly recommend imaging. This might involve X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Each orthopedic doctor in our practice has ample experience in diagnosing and treating a wide range of shoulder conditions. Some of the most common sources of shoulder pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bankart lesion
  • Bursitis
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
  • Issues with the rotator cuff, including a torn rotator cuff
  • Shoulder instability
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Tears in the ligament or the tendon
  • Tendonitis (tendinitis) 

Specialized Shoulder Care at Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic

Once your shoulder specialist provides you with a diagnosis, the next step is to discuss treatment. While shoulder surgery is sometimes necessary, including shoulder joint replacement surgery, we try to favor nonoperative treatments whenever possible for patients. Some examples of common nonsurgical shoulder treatments include medicine, cortisone injections, and physical therapy.

For more serious problems, however, these nonsurgical solutions may not be sufficient. In those cases, patients meet with one of our shoulder surgeons to discuss other treatment options. There are many types of shoulder surgery our specialists offer, including total shoulder replacement for arthritis. In shoulder replacement surgery, the joint is removed and replaced with a synthetic one, which can alleviate pain and restore you to a full range of motion.

Offering the latest surgical procedures for the shoulder, our surgeons' expertise includes:

  • Arthroscopic procedures
  • Biceps tendon rupture surgery
  • Labral and SLAP repair surgery
  • Reverse shoulder replacement
  • Rotator cuff tear surgery
  • Shoulder dislocation and instability repair surgery
  • Shoulder replacement

Our shoulder doctors are all board-certified in orthopedic surgery and have extensive experience in the specialized treatment of injuries and conditions of the shoulder to provide the care you need. Call 907.563.3145 or request an appointment online today to be seen by one of our shoulder specialists in Anchorage.

For urgent shoulder injuries and other musculoskeletal needs, we accept walk-ins at our Orthopedic Urgent Care Monday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Defining Alaskan Orthopedics at Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic

As part of our world-class team of doctors, our specialty-trained shoulder doctors at Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic have completed additional training specifically in sports medicine and the shoulder and upper extremity to offer our patients the highest level of specialized care. With this advanced training, our shoulder specialists, Dr. John Lapkass, Dr. Kurt Mentzer, Dr. Douglas Prevost, Dr. Adrian Ryan, Dr. Gregory Schumacher, and Dr. Brad Sparks, have the expertise to treat your injury or condition according to your individual needs and goals.

Whatever shoulder problem you're experiencing, our specialty-trained doctors will help you regain your strength and function. To consult with one of our shoulder surgeons in Anchorage, request an appointment online or call 907.563.3145.

Meet Our Shoulder Doctors