Shoulder and Elbow

From simple strains to complex shoulder or elbow injuries, our treatments help you get back to activities you love.

Shoulder and Elbow

From simple strains to complex shoulder or elbow injuries, our treatments help you get back to activities you love.

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    Don’t waste another day with shoulder or elbow pain

    Pain in your shoulder or elbow can make you want to avoid everyday tasks and exercise. At UW Medicine, we can help you heal faster to get you back on track.    

    Whether you have a fracture, sprain or a chronic condition that you’ve been managing, the experts at UW Medicine provide both nonsurgical and surgical treatments that are the best solution for your needs. 

    Common shoulder and elbow issues

    • Arthritis 
    • Athletic injuries, including throwing injuries 
    • Cartilage damage 
    • Dislocation or instability  
    • Tendonitis, including tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow 
    • Fractures  
    • Frozen shoulder 
    • Impingement syndrome 
    • Labral injuries 
    • Rotator cuff tears 
    • Tommy John injury

    Meet our featured specialists

    Featured specialist Kimberly Harmon

    Kimberly Harmon, MD

    Dr. Harmon sees patients at the Sports Medicine Center at Husky Stadium. She's a family medicine doctor with board-certification in sports medicine.

    Cindy Lin, MD

    Dr. Lin is a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor, called a physiatrist, who specializes in sports medicine. She is also a leading researcher for exercise medicine. 

    Christian Peterson, DO

    Christian Peterson, DO

    As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Peterson specializes in sports medicine surgery, including arthroscopic surgery.

    Treatments for shoulder and elbow conditions

    At UW Medicine, we treat a wide range of shoulder and elbow issues. Our doctors partner with you to find the best therapies to maximize your recovery.

    Nonsurgical services

    Our doctors have advanced training and certification in sports medicine. They include physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors, called physiatrists, family medicine doctors and orthopedic surgeons. Just as professional sports teams rely on our doctors as their physicians, you can trust us to get you back to the activities you love.

    The focus of our nonsurgical treatment is active rehabilitation.

    Common nonsurgical treatments:

    • Physical therapy
    • Prescribed exercise program
    • Medication
    • Ultrasound-guided injections

    We offer complete care to help you manage pain and recover or preserve function and mobility. Whether you are an elite athlete or just need care for aches or pains, we can help.

    Learn more about our sports medicine programfind a sports medicine doctor, or visit one of our clinics.

    Surgical services

    If surgery is necessary, we use minimally invasive options whenever possible. Our orthopedic surgeons are ranked among the best in the nation, helping people get back to activities they love.

    Common surgical procedures and treatments performed:

    • Arthroscopy  
    • Labral repair and shoulder stabilization 
    • Rotator cuff repair 
    • Joint replacement (shoulder or elbow arthroplasty) 
    • Tommy John surgery 
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