The Shoulder Center of Kentucky at Lexington Clinic was founded by Dr. W. Ben Kibler. The Center combines nationally recognized clinical and rehabilitation expertise with cutting-edge research and education, a state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging center, and outpatient and inpatient surgical facilities to provide patients with the highest standard of comprehensive care for all types of shoulder injuries and conditions.
The Shoulder Center of Kentucky is dedicated to excellence in patient care, research in shoulder biomechanics and function and education of physicians and patients. Our goal is to better understand how the shoulder works in function, how it sustains injuries, how to most effectively treat injuries, how to prevent injuries and how to improve performance.
The Shoulder Center of Kentucky was developed to focus on increasing the expertise in shoulder biomechanics, physical examination and clinical diagnosis, using surgical treatment and rehabilitation techniques that have been developed at the Lexington Clinic Orthopedics - Sports Medicine Center since its inception in 1983. Dr. Kibler joined by Dr. David Dome, Dr. Peter Hester and Dr. Trevor Wilkes provide the full-spectrum of patient care.
The three key areas of expertise are the application of concepts of the “kinetic chain” to shoulder function and injury, the relation of the scapula to shoulder function and injury, and rehabilitation after injury. The “kinetic chain” is the coordinated, sequential movement of individual body segments that integrates the position and motion of all the parts to produce skillful work and play. Many shoulder functions and injuries are the result of kinetic chain activities, rather than isolated shoulder or arm motion. This concept allows a holistic view of shoulder function and injury in the context of total body function. Evaluation and treatment of shoulder injuries at The Shoulder Center of Kentucky involves not only a thorough evaluation of the shoulder joint, but also other areas of the body that may contribute to shoulder injury.
The Shoulder Center of Kentucky has received national and international recognition as the leader in treatment and research regarding injuries of the scapula and its muscles, the relation of scapular motion to shoulder function and injury, and efficient rehabilitation of scapular dyskinesis (poor quality of scapular motion and/or control).
The Center is also recognized for expertise in the treatment of overhead athletes in tennis and baseball. Research and scientific papers from the Center have made important contributions to understanding the kinetic chain contributions to overhead motion, the biomechanical alterations that may affect performance and injury and clinical testing and rehabilitation protocols. The results of this research are applied to all patients at the Shoulder Center of Kentucky.
The Shoulder Center of Kentucky and the Lexington Clinic continue to be at the forefront in the development of functional shoulder therapy protocols, integrated shoulder rehabilitation and closed-chain shoulder exercise through our nationally and internationally recognized physical therapy department.
The information on this website is a summary intended to provide a broad understanding of shoulder pathology and the types of treatment provided at The Shoulder Center of Kentucky. To help avoid injury and increase the chance for a favorable outcome of any shoulder problem, seek expert diagnosis and treatment from your physician. Consult your physician before beginning any exercise program described here. As with any exercise program, if you begin to feel faint, dizzy or have physical discomfort, you should stop immediately and consult a physician. Please review our covered services.