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At ShoulderMD, we specialize in a variety of shoulder surgeries. Our team is well-trained in the latest techniques, and we’re committed to helping patients recover quickly so they can get back to their favorite activities.
Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to diagnose and treat various shoulder joint conditions. During this procedure, a small camera called an arthroscope is inserted through small incisions around the shoulder.
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Types of Shoulder Injuries
Sport-related shoulder injuries often stem from repetitive motions, direct impacts, or poor technique. These can lead to conditions such as rotator cuff tears, dislocations, or labral injuries. Immediate medical attention and tailored rehabilitation plans are essential for athletes to recover strength, mobility, and prevent recurrent issues. Understanding the specific demands of the sport and implementing preventive measures are key to minimizing the risk of shoulder injuries in athletic activities.
Car & Bike Accident Injuries
Car and bike accidents can result in various shoulder injuries due to the impact forces involved. Common injuries include shoulder fractures, dislocations, and soft tissue damage such as rotator cuff tears. Immediate medical evaluation is crucial to assess and address these injuries. Treatment may involve a combination of immobilization, physical therapy, and, in severe cases, surgical intervention. Long-term rehabilitation is often necessary to restore shoulder function and minimize lingering effects, emphasizing the importance of comprehensive care after such accidents.
Work Placement Injuries
Work-related shoulder injuries from slip and falls at the workplace can result in a range of conditions, including rotator cuff injuries, labral tears, and nerve impingements. These injuries often require immediate medical attention and a comprehensive assessment of the extent of damage. Treatment may involve a combination of rest, physiotherapy, and, in severe cases, surgical intervention to restore shoulder function. Workplace safety protocols, ergonomic considerations, and employee training are essential elements in preventing such accidents and ensuring a safer working environment. Regular risk assessments and proactive measures can significantly reduce the occurrence of shoulder injuries in the workplace.
Aging & Degeneration
As individuals age, the shoulder is susceptible to degenerative changes, resulting in various injuries. Common issues include osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tears, and diminished joint cartilage. These age-related changes can lead to pain, stiffness, and reduced shoulder function. Conservative treatments, such as physical therapy and pain management, are often employed to alleviate symptoms. In more severe cases, surgical interventions like joint replacement may be considered to address advanced degeneration and enhance overall shoulder mobility and comfort. Regular exercise, a healthy lifestyle, and proper medical management play crucial roles in managing shoulder injuries associated with aging and degeneration.
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“Hello Dr. Schwartz & Melissa : ) Congratulations on your move! It sounds like your expertise is blossoming...lol I consider you absolutely tops in your profession and your dedication. You have saved me from debilitating pain and instability from my injured shoulders. You and your team have always treated me with up most care and professionalism.. Your expertise and healing powers where evident from my first visit onward...I immediately felt GREAT and reassured that I made the right decision! I will have no problem recommending Dr. Schwartz M.D. to anyone. Thank-you.”
“Wondering if someone could tell Dr. Schwartz that the Deltoid muscle lift exercises are definitely helping. It seems to be getting a little stronger already. I can’t lift my arm by itself yet, but, I can easily lower my arm slowly now, and my reach is a little better, too. I was even able to easily reach down to lace and tie my own hiking boots today! . I really appreciate him, so didn’t want to wait to tell him till my next appointment in January.”
“Dr Schwartz, You performed should surgery on my shoulder two years ago and I have had a great outcome! I am from Alaska and flew down to have you fix my shoulder so that I could resume my life as a massage therapist. Everything is going great!! I so appreciate your help in my recovery. The reason I am writing is that I have a client with a reverse shoulder surgery and I am trying to help him recover but I am not able to really figure out how the muscles all work to move the shoulder...I find that the deltoid is the main mover now but I was wondering if you had any resources to help my understand how all the muscles attach now so that I can help my client. His surgery was in California in January so not done in your office. I realize that this may be a lot to ask but if you could help I'd appreciate it. Thanks! ~wendy hooker PS We had our first big Aurora show last night and it was spectacular!! :)”
“I was put at ease from my 1st visit with Dr. Schwartz. He and Joy, his nurse, and surgery schedulers were very professional and thorough. Most of all, I felt very comfortable on the day of surgery, and afterwards. Dr. Schwartz was very thorough in his explanations. It was so nice to see my surgeon and nurse the morning of surgery smiling at me. Overall a very positive experience!”
“I’ve had very positive experiences with my treatment and the staff. I’ve been really happy with the results of my shoulder surgery (rotator cuff repair) and am more than happy to make referrals of my friends to see Dr. Schwartz and Joy in clinic! If I had to do it all over again, I no doubt would return to see Dr. Schwartz at The Sports Medicine Clinic.”
“I had my shoulder replaced with Dr. S and my shoulder has not felt this good in years! I can finally sleep peacefully at night, and move my arm in ways I could have only dreamed off preop! If you have questions ask Dr. S to send you my way, I’ll be more than happy to talk to you about getting you shoulder replaced with him.tions ask Dr. S to send you my way, I’ll be more than happy to talk to you about getting you shoulder replaced with him.”
“I suffered from multiple shoulder dislocations, and was treated surgically by Dr. Dan Schwartz and was impressed by his thoroughness from the start. He listened very well, and I felt at ease with him from the start. He explained all of the surgical options, and we proceeded with the right option that was right for me. Since surgery, I have been so happy and have strongly recommended him to anyone that will listen! Thanks Dr. Schwartz!”
“Thank you so much Dr. Daniel Schwartz for your great work! As a Physical Therapist I did a lot of research to find a shoulder surgeon highly qualified to carry out my Mother's reverse shoulder replacement. I appreciated your taking the time to explain the procedure to my parents, and the surgery turned out better than my mom ever expected. Your staff was kind, professional, and competent. It was well worth the drive from Eastern Washington and I will recommend you to all my patients in need of a shoulder surgery.”
“This is the first online comment that I have ever left for a person, product or service, however I was so impressed by Dr. Schwartz as a human being and a surgeon that I felt compelled to share my story. I had a bone chip in my elbow that intermittently (depending where it floated) rendered my elbow immobile. Despite a fairly lengthy procedure, within two days I had minimal swelling and near full mobility. I should note that I was the last patient of the week on Friday afternoon (most medical advisers would recommend against this time slot), and Dr. Schwartz"s previous operation had been particularly challenging. Yet he was kind, caring, and focused in our pre-operative meeting and he performed flawlessly. I might also note that I'm a guy who tries to avoid hospitals and doctors whenever possible, in fact I didn't even go to my primary care doctor until months after the ski accident that caused my injury. I would give kudos to Dr. Schwartz and special mention of his nurse, Joy, during my exams and surgery for allaying my fears and phobias and making the whole episode as good as one could ever expect.”
Gary P Ballard
“Dr. Schwartz and Joy are the best!!”
“Greetings: I am an attorney who represents Ms. Laura Kent, a former patient of Dr. Schwartz in 2018. This case is coming up for arbitration in a couple weeks and I would like to get an opinion from Dr. Schwartz as to whether the diagnosis he made oflateral epicondylitis of the right elbow was causally connected to the motor vehicle collision in this matter. Please call or email at your earliest convenience.”
“Just a note to say thank you for the thorough and well-composed information about rotator cuff and sleep. It was really the best I could find. Much gratitude.”
“Was referred by a past patient of yours. Would like to see how quickly I could get in for a Grade 3 AC tear.”
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I am an orthopedic surgeon trained at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois that has been in the Pacific Northwest practicing with an excellent reputation for nearly a decade. I proceeded to work with multiple thought and opinion leaders for two years to learn additional expertise in shoulder surgery following completion of my residency. This is unusual for most surgeons as they usually want to get into practice quickly, however, I wanted to become a true expert in difficult to treat problems and thought additional training would be the best route to accomplish this. That led me to work with world renowned experts in France for one year, as well as another year in the USA. For more information, my CV and background is located here. That experience was well worth it, as I now have a unique set of skills that are largely unavailable on the west coast.
Having been on the other side of the chair as a patient, friend of a patient, and family member of a patient; I always try to tailor my practice to provide customer service and satisfaction, unquestionable expertise, and always provide my patients with however much time is necessary.
I am located at Swedish Orthopedic institute at 601 Broadway, Ste 600, Seattle, WA 98122
My clinic days I am available from 7:30 am in the morning until 5:00 pm. My goal is to be as available as possible for my patients.
Dr. Schwartz accepts most major insurances, while not inclusive please see the list below, and if you do not see yours listed please follow up with the office at (206) 386-6171.
My surgeries are performed at First Hill Surgery Center (FHSC) near Swedish First Hill. Procedures requiring an overnight stay are performed at Swedish Orthopedic Institute (SOI), while outpatient surgeries are performed at the First Hill Surgery Center. I am working on privileges at Virginia Mason and Overlake Hospital as a Shoulder Surgeon specializing in Orthopedic Surgery; please contact our office if these other locations interest you.
I am at FHSC every Wednesday, and the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month. Nearly every Tuesday (except the 2nd one of the month) I am at SOI working.
I take care of most upper extremity issues – meaning shoulder and elbow problems. In addition to sports medicine concerns, I also take care of fractures and arthritis in the shoulder and elbow. For more information on common complaints that are treated, please click here.
Sports medicine is an entire field of medicine dedicated to getting athletes back to doing what they love more quickly. This dedicated page further explains what this means to my practice.
A short answer would be anything no matter the complexity, but more for more detailed information read here.