Shoulder Pain

Are You Experiencing Shoulder Pain as a Result of a Sudden or Chronic injury?

The orthopedic doctors and sports medicine experts at Westchester Sport and Spine are here to help you with your shoulder pain. With 40 years of combined experience diagnosing shoulder pain and treating shoulder injuries, Westchester Sport and Spine provides you with the highest levels of care for both surgical and non-surgical procedures.

About Your Shoulders

Your shoulder is the most mobile joint in the human body, comprised of the humerus, scapula, and the clavicle. These bones work in concert with a number of muscles, including the rotator cuff muscles, to effectively raise and lower the arm.

Commonly thought of as a single joint, the shoulder is actually made up of two separate joints – the glenohumeral and acromioclavicular joints. Surrounding the joint is a joint capsule and labrum that maintains the bones together, ligaments to connect the bones, muscles, and tendons to attach the muscles to the bones.

This provides you with an incredible range of motion when reaching, throwing and supporting your own body weight as you move about your daily life. Due to the complexity of your shoulder joint, it can also be one of the most unstable joints in your body, susceptible to frequent injury and chronic pain.

Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can be a result of an injury or disease of the shoulder joint.

A shoulder injury can affect any of the ligaments, bursae or tendons surrounding the shoulder joint. A shoulder injury can also affect the cartilage, menisci (plural for meniscus) and bones of the joint.

Common injuries of the shoulder can lead to inflammation of the bursae (bursitis) or tendons (tendonitis) and result in rotator cuff dysfunction as well as instability and frozen shoulder. Fracture of the bones of the shoulder (such as from biking falls) can cause intense shoulder pain.

To be certain of the cause of your shoulder pain, contact the orthopedic doctors and sports medicine experts at Westchester Sport and Spine for specific diagnosis of your shoulder pain.

Commonly Treated Shoulder Conditions

  • Arthritis
  • Biceps Tendon Tear at the Shoulder
  • Bone Spurs
  • Burners
  • Bursitis
  • Chronic Shoulder Instability
  • Clavicle Fracture (Broken Collarbone)
  • Common Shoulder Injuries
  • Dislocated Shoulder
  • Labral Tears
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
  • Scapula (Shoulder Blade) Fractures
  • Shoulder Dislocations
  • Shoulder Impingement/Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
  • Shoulder Injuries in the Throwing Athlete
  • Shoulder Joint Tear (Glenoid Labrum Tear)
  • Shoulder Separation
  • Shoulder Trauma (Fractures and Dislocations)
  • SLAP Tears
  • Stingers

Shoulder Pain Treatment Options

Most shoulder pain conditions and injuries are effectively treated conservatively with medications, splinting, bracing, injections and therapy. More often than not, surgery is not necessary to treat your current shoulder pain.

If surgical intervention is necessary, the sports medicine specialists and orthopedic surgeons with Westchester Sport and Spine are experts in the latest minimally invasive procedures.

The main treatment options for your shoulder pain include:

  • Avoiding activities that make your symptoms worse
  • Using ice packs
  • Painkillers
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Physiotherapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery (in some cases)

Call Us Immediately

If your shoulder pain is caused by an injury and is accompanied by any of the symptoms below, please call Westchester Sport and Spine immediately and then ask someone to drive you to our clinic.

  • Your shoulder appears deformed
  • Inability to move arm away from body, overhead or unable to reach behind
  • Intense pain
  • Sudden swelling