The Quad City Area’s Only Group of All Board-Certified
Fellowship-Trained Orthopaedic Surgeons

The Quad City Area’s Only Group of All Board-Certified
Fellowship-Trained Orthopaedic Surgeons


Whether you developed debilitating shoulder pain or are experiencing shoulder problems such as stiffness or swelling from athletic activities, an injury, or normal wear and tear, our experienced orthopaedic surgeons who specialize in upper extremity treatment can help. Dr. John Hoffman, Dr. Tuvi Mendel, and Dr. Tyson Cobb can help you on your road to recovery through accurate diagnosis and the latest minimally invasive orthopaedic treatment options. We offer advanced orthopaedic care for shoulder symptoms at our specialty surgery centers, our Sports Medicine Center and our Hand and Upper Extremity Center. At Orthopaedic Specialists, we are committed to offering patients minimally invasive solutions whenever possible. To remedy your shoulder concerns with as little downtime as possible, our fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons provide a number of minimally invasive treatment options, such as arthroscopic shoulder surgery.

Common Conditions of the Shoulder

The shoulder joint is one of the most moveable joints in the body, which makes it more prone to injury. Common causes of shoulder pain and problems are related to conditions such as frozen shoulder (inability to fully move shoulder due to thickening of the capsule surrounding the joint), rotator cuff tear (shoulder pain from a torn muscle tendon that attaches to the shoulder joint), arthritis (loss of the joint lining), shoulder instability (the ball is not sitting properly in the socket), and other injuries due to overuse and/or trauma such as biceps tendonitis or rupture and bone fractures. Descriptions of some of the most common conditions of the shoulder that our team of specialists, Dr. Hoffman, Dr. Mendel, and Dr. Cobb, regularly diagnose and treat are listed below.

Our Shoulder Specialists

Dr. John Hoffman

Dr. John Hoffman completed his fellowship training in Sports Medicine with subspecialties in arthroscopic surgery of the athlete’s knee and shoulder. With this specialized training, Dr. Hoffman is able to offer his patients the latest surgical techniques to get them back in the game and to life more quickly. Dr. Hoffman performs over 150 shoulder arthroscopies per year and over 600 total joint replacement procedures. Dr. Hoffman is the only surgeon between the Quad Cities and Omaha to successfully perform total joint replacement procedures in an outpatient setting.

Dr. Tuvi Mendel

As one of the leading orthopaedists specializing in many minimally invasive techniques, Dr. Tuvi Mendel has also attained an additional certification in Sports Medicine and is able to offer athletes of all ages arthroscopic management of sports-related shoulder injuries.

Dr. Tyson Cobb

Orthopaedic Specialist’s hand, wrist, and upper extremity specialist, Dr. Tyson Cobb, strives to offer the highest quality of care by staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in orthopaedic surgery. In order to do so, he routinely attends, presents, and teaches new technologies and minimally invasive procedures to other surgeons at conferences around the world. Dr. Cobb completed fellowship training in minimally invasive training of the upper extremity including the shoulder.

Physical Therapists

Orthopaedic Specialist’s physical therapists are specifically trained to rehabilitate patients with shoulder conditions. Depending on your condition, physical therapy can be used as a non-surgical treatment option or following surgery during the recovery period. Either way, you will receive a fully tailored therapy plan to help relieve pain, improve function, and maximize the results of your recovery.

Occupational Therapists

Orthopaedic Specialist’s occupational therapists are specifically trained to rehabilitate patients with upper extremity disorders. You will receive a fully tailored therapy plan to help maximize the results of your recovery period following surgery.

Bracing: Shoulder Orthotics

Our team of occupational therapists and physical therapists commonly use custom shoulder orthotics to stabilize the shoulder joint. A shoulder orthotic can be used to help guide shoulder movement or immobilize the joint. Orthotic treatment prevents unwanted joint movement to allow proper healing, reduce pain, decrease swelling, and support a weak joint. Limiting the range of motion relieves stress on the affected area. An orthosis is typically designed for long-term use and is especially useful for patients that suffered a shoulder dislocation or are experiencing joint instability. A shoulder orthotic can be used following a surgery, or in some cases, in place of surgery.

About Minimally Invasive Arthroscopic Surgery

“Arthro-” means joint and “-scope” means look at carefully. An arthroscope is a small (pencil-sized or smaller) surgical tool equipped with a tiny video camera and light. The arthroscope is inserted through a small incision into the shoulder joint. Once your surgeon inserts the arthroscope, detailed images of the joint are shown on a video monitor. Your surgical team watches the surgery on a video screen, which provides detailed, enlarged and perfectly lighted views of your joint. This minimally invasive surgical technique often results in less tissue damage and typically allows for faster recovery compared to traditional surgery. Dr. Hoffman, Dr. Mendel, and Dr. Cobb are experts in minimally invasive arthroscopic shoulder surgery.

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