Shoulder Care

Whether you’re an athlete who excels at throwing touchdowns, a gardener who enjoys potting plants or a grandparent who loves holding their grandkids, your abilities depend on the flexibility and strength of your shoulder. In turn, your life’s stresses and daily activities may damage or break down your shoulder’s cartilage, muscles and bones.

Shrug off the weight of past injuries with the help of Midwest Orthopaedic Center. At your home for orthopaedics, our board-certified shoulder specialists –– Dr. Johnson, Dr. MerkleyDr. Mitzelfelt and Dr. Gibbons–– zero in on the issues impacting your shoulder, the body’s most versatile joint.

Welcoming new patients in Peoria and Pekin, this group of veteran surgeons is well-versed in the problems that originate in the rotator cuff and its surrounding tissue, and they know how to fix them. With their help, you should be able to take on what life throws your way.

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If you feel a persistent tug, spasm, pain, discomfort, numbness or tingling in and around your shoulder, you should see an orthopaedic doctor. At Midwest Orthopaedic Center, our shoulder specialists know how to treat shoulder pain, whether you struggle with a degenerative condition or you injured it while performing strenuous activities.

Our doctors treat shoulder problems using medications, injections, physical therapy, and if necessary, surgery. Through our in-house imaging capabilities, we’re able to get an inside look at your shoulder issue and devise a means of treatment that’s either non-invasive or surgical, depending on the severity of your issue. Either way, we have proven options to limit your pain.

Problems within your shoulder can have a major effect on your daily life, causing steady discomfort and restricting the use of your arm. Dislocation, sprains, strains, tears and breaks can occur in the bones, tendons, bursas and rotator cuffs in your shoulder. Outside of injury, a frequent cause for shoulder-related issues is inflammation. Common shoulder conditions include adhesive capsulitis or frozen shoulder, arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis and rotator cuff impingements.

If you feel a high level of pain, numbness or discomfort radiating in or around your shoulder, you should seek help from a medical professional as soon as possible. When discomfort keeps you from completing normal activities, schedule a visit at Midwest Orthopaedic Center. Here, your doctor will review your symptoms and determine the best course of action –– whether it be injections, lifestyle adjustments, medication, physical therapy, occupational therapy or surgery.

Whether you’ve experienced a major injury or your non-operative treatments –– i.e. medications, injections or physical and occupational therapies –– have stopped working, your orthopaedic doctor will advocate for surgery. Since your doctor is a board-certified surgeon, they will perform the operation, repairing your shoulder at Midwest Orthopaedic Hospital at UnityPoint Health – Proctor. Following the procedure, they’ll help you plan the next part of your journey toward recovery.

Your doctor may recommend physical or occupational therapy after your first visit, especially if they believe non-surgical treatment is the best avenue for your recovery. They also might prescribe physical therapy following your surgery to make sure you regain your range of motion after the procedure. Either way, comprehensive physical therapy is offered at our spacious rehabilitation facilities, based out of our Peoria and Pekin offices.

How We Treat Your Shoulders

Push, pull, lift, carry and throw without issue, thanks to the expertise of Midwest Orthopaedic Center. Here, our techniques range from rotator cuff repair to total shoulder replacement surgery. No matter what procedure fits your needs, your doctor will devise a quality plan that meets the severity of your issue head-on, all while maximizing your comfort.

Our care addresses the following shoulder issues:

    • Dislocation or separation
    • Fracture
    • Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis
    • Impingement
    • Inflammatory conditions like arthritis and bursitis
    • Instability
    • Rotator cuff tear
    • Rotator cuff tendonitis

When your shoulder requires an operation, your doctor will prepare you for surgery at Midwest Orthopaedic Hospital at UnityPoint Health – Proctor. This state-of-the-art facility has all the latest tools of the orthopaedic trade, under the care of a team of specialists, nurses and assistants at the service of your board-certified orthopaedic surgeon.

After surgery, your doctor will likely prescribe physical therapy. Your rehabilitation regimen will be carried out at one of our physical therapy facilities in Peoria or Pekin. There, our licensed physical therapists, occupational therapists and therapy assistants will coordinate with your doctor to return your shoulder to prime health.

To learn more about common orthopaedic conditions, treatments and procedures, visit OrthoInfo, a database operated by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Our Doctors

Picture of Michael J. Gibbons, M.D.
Michael J. Gibbons, M.D.
knee, shoulder, Robotic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Hip & Knee Reconstruction
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Brent C. Johnson, M.D.
knee, shoulder, Sports Medicine
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Michael S. Merkley, M.D.
knee, shoulder, Sports Medicine

Meet Our Patients

At Midwest Orthopaedic Center, I trust Dr. Gibbons completely with my care. He's the very best there is.

A patient of Dr. Gibbons

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I'm a referring physician and a patient. Throughout my career, I worked with several different orthopaedic groups and Midwest Orthopaedic Center was the absolute best.

Dr. Marty Stachniw

A retired orthopaedic surgeon and hand, knee and shoulder patient who loves the outdoors –– from Galesburg, IL.

I chose Dr. Mitzelfelt because he has given great care to other members of my family and friends. I witnessed his care of and for my mom which made me want him to do my knee replacements. I cannot say enough good things about him! Wonderful man and excellent surgeon!

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