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Penn Orthopaedics

Penn Shoulder and Elbow Service

The Penn Shoulder and Elbow Service provides comprehensive care and surgery for patients who have shoulder or elbow injuries or problems. The nationally and internationally recognized orthopaedic specialists create and use the latest advances in shoulder and elbow diagnosis, treatment, surgery and rehabilitation to treat complex issues.

Video: Penn Shoulder & Elbow Service Overview

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David Glaser, MD, chief of the Penn Shoulder and Elbow Service, discusses how a world-class team of surgeons, physical and occupational therapists and nurses work together to treat patients suffering from complex shoulder and elbow injuries.


Shoulder and elbow problems can impact quality of life and decrease the ability to do everyday activities. Patients don't have to live with these conditions.

Shoulder problems may include:

  • Dislocation
  • Separation
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Fracture
  • Arthritis

Elbow problems may include:

  • Fracture
  • Dislocation
  • Biceps tendon rupture
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Golfer's elbow
  • Tennis elbow


Penn's Shoulder and Elbow physicians help patients gain mobility, increase independence and improve their quality of life. Shoulder and elbow injuries are diagnosed and treated comprehensively to help relieve shoulder and elbow pain. Care is provided by a collaborative team from diagnosis through treatment and rehabilitation.

If surgery becomes necessary, Penn Orthopaedics offers the latest shoulder and elbow surgical procedures. Surgery patients benefit from the most current, minimally invasive arthroscopic and reconstructive techniques. Arthroscopic surgery results in less scarring, a shorter hospital stay and a faster recovery. When needed, Penn also provides patients with technological innovations in materials, design, and insertion of prostheses.

After surgery, Penn Shoulder and Elbow offers rehabilitation programs that provide patients with a comprehensive, convenient approach to recovery. Physical therapy experts design individualized plans to help every patient resume normal activities as quickly and safely as possible.