Shoulder Injury Specialist

W. Joseph Absi, MD -  - Sports Medicine Specialist

Orthopaedics of Atlanta and Aesthetic Institute

W. Joseph Absi, MD

Sports Medicine Specialist & Joint Replacement Surgeon located in Smyrna, GA

When you injure or dislocate your shoulder in an accident, during work, or by playing sports, you might not be able to reach overhead or perform your daily tasks. W. Joseph Absi, MD, an expert orthopedist and founder of Orthopaedics of Atlanta and Aesthetic Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, treats shoulder injuries with the latest noninvasive, minimally invasive, and surgical procedures so you can move freely again. If you have a shoulder injury, contact the friendly team at Orthopaedics of Atlanta and Aesthetic Institute by using the convenient online booking form or calling the office today.

Shoulder Injury Q&A

How does a shoulder injury happen?

Your shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint with a very shallow socket. The socket’s shallowness allows your shoulder 360 degrees of mobility, but it also increases your risk for injury. When you make broad movements with your arm, the tissues that keep your shoulder joint stable — tendons, muscles, and ligaments — are pulled and stressed.

What are the most common shoulder injuries?

Athletes and manual laborers are prone to shoulder injuries when they have to make repetitive arm movements such as painting, throwing, and swinging. The most common types of shoulder injuries include:

  • Rotator cuff or cartilage tears
  • Tendonitis or bursitis
  • Impinged nerve
  • Sprains and strains
  • Dislocated or unstable shoulder
  • Fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Frozen shoulder

Dr. Absi determines the factors involved in your shoulder pain and injury by physically examining your shoulder joint, evaluating how restricted or free your movements are, and obtaining a digital X-ray and other imaging studies. He may also examine the inside of your joint with minimally invasive arthroscopy using a miniature camera.

How does an orthopedist treat shoulder pain?

As a sports medicine specialist, Dr. Absi only recommends therapies that increase the health and mobility of your shoulder. If your shoulder is dislocated, he moves it back into the socket. 

Depending on the type of injury, he may only advise lifestyle changes, including resting your shoulder and undergoing physical therapy to strengthen it and prevent future injuries. However, if your injury is severe or chronic, he may recommend:

  • Medications
  • Joint injections
  • Immobilization with a sling or brace
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Shoulder fixation and casting 

Whenever possible, Dr. Abis performs minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery to repair tears in shoulder tendons and your rotator cuff. Arthroscopic surgery uses a miniature camera to transmit a magnified, 3-D image of your shoulder joint to a monitor. Using this view, Dr. Abis can make precise movements with tiny surgical tools that cause less trauma than traditional methods. 

However, he may also recommend open surgery in certain cases. After your arthroscopic or open surgery, Dr. Absi gives you aftercare instructions. You may need to keep your shoulder immobile during the early healing phase, and then undergo physical therapy to rebuild strength, increase flexibility, and restore your range of motion.

To repair your shoulder injury and be pain-free again, call the knowledgeable team at Orthopaedics of Atlanta and Aesthetic Institute or reach them with the online form.


We treat patients for sports injuries including shoulder, knee, joint pain, and and traumatic injuries to the musculoskeletal system, including trigger finger pain. We focus on sports medicine & joint replacements, to include shoulder, hip & knee replacements, along with Carpal Tunnel. Call us to book your appointment today.