Specialty or Service:

Orthopedic Shoulder Surgeon

A Top Shoulder Surgeon Serving Georgia

Thrive Orthopedics recognizes that pain and injuries can seriously limit your life, making it difficult or impossible to participate in the hobbies you enjoy the most. Our team was voted Georgia's 2020 best orthopedic practice by our patients, not only for our exceptional patient outcomes but because we genuinely care. Our medical philosophy is to treat our patients no different than we would our own family.

Our surgery center located in Atlanta, Georgia was built in 2021 and is led by our shoulder specialist, Doctor Robert Karsch. As a general orthopedic surgeon with a focus in sports medicine and over 25 years of experience, we can tackle the most complicated of pain and injuries.

Conditions and Treatments

Our Atlanta orthopedic shoulder doctor can treat and perform the following:

  • fractures
  • cartilage repair
  • dislocation
  • separations
  • instability repair
  • shoulder arthroscopy
  • rotator cuff repair
  • Labral repair
  • Shoulder pain after car accident

Common Causes of Pain and Injury

The most common causes seen at Thrive Ortho & Spine include:

  • Injuries - Commonly from sports, work or auto accidents
  • Wear from aging
  • Overuse
  • A tear

Anatomy - The Joint Bones

The joint is comprised of three bones:

  • The shoulder blade, also known as the scapula
  • The upper arm bone or humerus, and
  • The clavicle, also known as the collarbone

Anatomy - The Joint Components

There are 4 major components of a shoulder joint:

  • Rotator cuff: The capsule is surrounded by four tendons that help keep your arm bone centered in your socket. The cuff is the dense tendon material that surrounds the shoulder. The cuff wraps around the upper arm bone head and secures it to your scapula.
  • Shoulder capsule: Ligaments are bands of tissue that cover the joint. They create a capsule around the joint that keeps it intact. The capsule's underside is lined with a thin membrane called the synovium. Synovial fluid is generated, which lubricates the joint.
  • Bursa: Between the rotator cuff and the bone on top of your shoulder is a lubricating sac called a bursa. When you raise your arm, the bursa helps the cuff tendons slide smoothly.
  • Ball and socket: The rounded socket in your scapula houses the head of your arm bone. The glenoid is the name for this socket. The surface of the ball and socket is covered in a slippery tissue called articular cartilage. It provides a frictionless, smooth surface that allows the bones to slide easily over one another.

If you or your loved one requires care, contact our Thrive team to schedule your initial consultation so you can start your path to recovery!

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