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Dr. Geoffrey Van Thiel is the leading orthopedic shoulder surgeon in Rockford & Elgin

A painful shoulder can be very disabling, causing a great deal of discomfort while sleeping, performing day-to-day activity, or even “nagging” at rest. The shoulder joint is a ball and socket, made of the upper end of the arm bone (humerus), and socket (glenoid) of the shoulder blade. Muscles and tendons, called the rotator cuff, hold the joint and allow the arm to move. Overuse or shoulder injuries can lead to pain and dysfunction.

Dr. Van Thiel's advanced sports medicine training can help you get back to activities with a pain-free shoulder. Often, shoulder pain can be relieved with simple treatments such as rest, medications, injections, or physical therapy. People that do not find relief or had a major injury, can benefit from minimally-invasive shoulder surgery. Dr. Van Thiel is an expert in these procedures.

Dr. Van Thiel treats patients from all over Wisconsin and Illinois including Rockford, Elgin, Huntley, Dekalb, Crystal Lake, Barrington, McHenry, and Beloit.

Are you Suffering from Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain is a frequent complaint that can arise from various causes. If you're dealing with persistent shoulder discomfort, consulting with an experienced orthopedic specialist is crucial. Shoulder pain may develop spontaneously, stem from an acute injury, or result from repetitive movements. The shoulder joint's cartilage, which cushions the ends of your bones, can deteriorate over time, leading to pain and swelling.

Cause & Treatment of Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can also be a result of overuse conditions like bursitis and tendonitis, or it can follow a severe injury that involves a torn rotator cuff. Surgery is not the sole option for all shoulder issues. In many cases, shoulder pain can be alleviated with rest, medication, injections, or physical therapy, without the need for surgical intervention.

Please find additional information in the menu bar for specific shoulder conditions and schedule an appointment for a consultation and evaluation.


The shoulder is the most flexible joint in the body that enables a wide range of movements including forward flexion, abduction, adduction, external rotation, internal rotation, and 360-degree circumduction. Thus, the shoulder joint is considered the most insecure joint of the body, but the support of ligaments, muscles, and tendons function to provide the required stability.

If you wish to be advised on the most appropriate treatment, please call to schedule an appointment or click here to request an appointment online.

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