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How do you find a good orthopedic doctor for shoulders?

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Patients can find a good orthopedic doctor for shoulders by comparing reviews in reputable orthopedic publications, such as Orthopedics This Week and Becker’s Spine Review. In addition to the names of the surgeons and where they practice, the lists provide some information on doctors’ specific areas of expertise and experience.

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A list of 28 top shoulder surgeons in the United States in 2014, according to Orthopedics This Week, includes Joseph Abbund from Philadelphia and April Armstrong from Pennsylvania, but neither of them is on the Becker’s Spine Review list published in 2011. Some of the orthopedic doctors that are featured on both sites include Stephen Burkhart from San Antonio, William Levine from New York, and Anthony Romeo from Chicago. When looking for an orthopedic surgeon, it is crucial to check the date of the list as well who is creating the list; if it is created by a specific center or health care provider, the list could be biased.

The next step is to search directly for the surgeon or surgeons of interest using their names and places of practice, to ensure they are still practicing and obtain information on how best to contact them for more information. An alternative method would be to contact a local health care provider directly to discuss the problem and how best to proceed.

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