The shoulder joint is largely considered to be the most unstable joint in the entire body. This is primarily due to the fact that the shoulder has the highest range of motion and can move in nearly a 360-degree rotation, making it more susceptible to injury. At Orthopedic Associates in St. Louis, we have orthopedic surgeons who specialize in shoulder injuries and conditions, including Dr. James BurkeDr. Matthew Collard, Dr. Richard HulseyDr. Robert KramerDr. Michael Nogalski, and Dr. Ryan Pitts. These shoulder doctors have been trained in the entire musculoskeletal system in addition to undergoing more advanced training in related areas of specialty, such as fellowship-training in the shoulder, sports medicine, and joint replacement. Their highly focused training and knowledge allow them to expertly assess, diagnose, and treat common and complex shoulder injuries and conditions as well as perform highly successful treatments, such as shoulder arthroscopy and shoulder joint replacement. Whether your shoulder pain is the result of a sports- or work-related injury or degenerative disease, you'll have superior access to exceptional shoulder care at Orthopedic Associates.


Your specific type of shoulder pain or symptoms offer insights into your condition or injury. If you are experiencing any of the following, you may need to consult with a shoulder expert:

  • Elbow pain in addition to shoulder pain
  • Numbness
  • Shoulder pain radiating down into the elbow
  • Throbbing

If you have any of the symptoms above, your shoulder specialist may diagnose you with one of these shoulder conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Capsulitis
  • Cartilage damage
  • Dislocation
  • Fracture
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Shoulder tendonitis
  • Sports-related injury
  • Subacromial bursitis
  • Suprascapular nerve entrapment
  • Tendon injury
  • Tenodesis


At Orthopedic Associates, our team of board-certified specialists and staff strive for excellence in orthopedic medicine and podiatry, offering exceptional knowledge and skill in every patient encounter. When diagnosing injuries and conditions, our doctors consider all factors and options before offering a care recommendation and are committed to attempting nonsurgical treatment options first before recommending surgery. Our shoulder doctors, Dr. James Burke, Dr. Matthew Collard, Dr. Richard Hulsey, Dr. Robert Kramer, Dr. Michael Nogalski, and Dr. Ryan Pitts, will work with you to develop a custom treatment plan that specifically meets your individual needs and concerns. 

However, for advanced conditions or serious injuries, shoulder surgery may be the best treatment choice. If this is true for you, you can move forward in confidence knowing our dedicated shoulder surgeons are board-certified, have additional training, and will perform the procedure with care, skill, and precision.  

All along the way—from diagnosis to treatment and surgery as well as postoperative recovery—we are here for you. Our additional services, including digital X-ray, MRI, durable medical equipment (DME), physical therapy, and our surgery center, are all conveniently accessible to you.

We also have the following locations available to you in St. Louis as well as throughout Missouri and Illinois:

To schedule an appointment with one of our shoulder experts, please call (314) 569-0616 or use the button below.

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