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Elbow and Shoulder Services

Pain in the elbow or shoulder can hinder one’s ability to do normal activities. You may not be able to lift or throw as well as you used to, and pain just gets in your way. We want to help you overcome your pain and improve your quality of life.

When shoulder or elbow pain significantly reduces flexibility and motion, the specially-trained physicians at Miami Valley Hospital will evaluate, diagnose, and treat the most complex conditions affecting shoulder or elbow injuries.

Our orthopedic physicians are more than just doctors. They’re specialists in helping patients overcome pain and improve their quality of life. They’ll take the time to learn about a patient’s specific needs.

Non-Surgical Treatment Options

Our nationally-recognized specialists evaluate patients carefully and explore non-surgical treatment options to reduce or eliminate pain. These may include physical therapy or pain management through steroid injections or anti-inflammatory medications.

Elbow and Shoulder Surgery

If elbow or shoulder pain prevents one from participating in his or her favorite activities or performing simple functions of daily life, then it may be time to consider surgery.

Should surgery be necessary, patients will receive the outstanding care that makes them and their family comfortable. Some conditions that can lead to elbow surgery are:

Conditions that can lead to shoulder surgery include:

  • Avascular necrosis (osteonecrosis)
  • Fracture or injury to the joint
  • Osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Rotator cuff tear arthropathy

Shoulder Replacement

The shoulder replacement professionals at Miami Valley Hospital recommend shoulder replacement surgery when a patient is experiencing debilitating pain and can no longer perform everyday tasks.

Shoulder pain and loss of motion can be caused by:

Elbow Replacement

If your elbow joint is badly damaged, your physician may recommend a joint replacement. In this procedure, your surgeon will replace the damaged bones of the elbow with an artificial elbow joint made of metal and plastic.

Elbow joint replacement may make it possible for a patient to resume normal activities after the elbow has healed.

Minimally-Invasive Procedures

In some cases, minimally-invasive surgical options may be available. Arthroscopy enables the surgeon to inspect, diagnose, and repair problems inside the elbow or shoulder with just a few small incisions.

During arthroscopy, the Miami Valley Hospital surgeon inserts a tiny camera, called an arthroscope, into the elbow or shoulder through a small incision. The camera displays pictures on a television screen, and the surgeon uses these images to guide miniature surgical instruments through other small incisions.

Like other minimally-invasive procedures, arthroscopy has some important benefits:

  • Less pain
  • Faster recovery
  • Less scarring
  • Less blood loss

Your Elbow and Shoulder Surgeons

We want you to choose the specialist who’s the best fit for your needs. Find the doctor you want among our many orthopedic professionals.

Find elbow and shoulder surgeons credentialed at Miami Valley Hospital

Preparing for Elbow and Shoulder Surgery 


In these educational videos, professional orthopedic surgeons at Miami Valley Hospital talk about orthopedic surgery and your pre- and post-operative care.

Premier Health Library

The Premier Health Library offers a wealth of information about orthopedics. Learn about conditions, treatments, how to prepare for surgery, and much more.


Content Updated: February 13, 2018

These Miami Valley Hospital locations offer Orthopedics Services.
Orthopedics at Miami Valley Hospital
One Wyoming St. Dayton, OH  45409
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