Shoulder Pain

Drew Stein, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Midtown West, New York, NY

Shoulder pain is typically due to either an acute injury that causes immediate pain or loss of function, or a problem that develops over time because of wear and tear or degenerative changes to the tissues. Drew Stein, MD, PLLC, is an experienced orthopedic surgeon and sports injury specialist who provides effective treatments for shoulder pain, including physical therapy, regenerative medicine, and advanced surgical techniques, at his practice in the Midtown West area of New York City. Call today if you have shoulder pain or book an appointment using the online tool.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

Your shoulder has a relatively wide range of movement and is sometimes subject to considerable strain. The ball-and-socket joint where your upper arm bone fits into your shoulder blade can pop out of place, and the complex web of muscles, ligaments, and tendons (called the rotator cuff) that supports the joint can suffer tears and strains.

You can also damage the structures in your shoulder when you overuse them by making repetitive motions over long periods.

What conditions commonly affect the shoulder?

Some of the commonly occurring shoulder conditions Dr. Stein treats include:

Shoulder impingement

A condition where the top of your shoulder blade rubs against the tendons in your rotator cuff when you raise your arm.

Rotator cuff injuries

Strains or tears in the tissues of the tendons and muscles that make up the rotator cuff.

Labral tear

The labrum is a piece of cartilage on the edge of your shoulder socket that helps the ball at the end of your upper arm bone stay in place. Labral tears result from acute injury or because of the aging process.

Frozen shoulder

As the name indicates, a frozen shoulder is one that’s stuck or has a significantly reduced range of movement. This is typically due to inflammation of the shoulder capsule surrounding the joint.

Shoulder dislocation

Dislocation means the ball of the shoulder joint is partially or wholly out of the socket. The rotator cuff often tears at the same time, making future dislocations more likely.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis can affect any joint, developing as a result of the deterioration and eventual wearing away of the cartilage protecting the ends of the bones.

AC joint pain

The acromioclavicular (AC) joint is at the top of the shoulder blade where it meets the collarbone. AC joint pain is caused by a separated shoulder, which develops when the collarbone ligaments tear.

Biceps pain

The tendon that connects your bicep to your shoulder joint can suffer from an injury, such as a tear, and inflammation, such as biceps tendonitis.

What treatments are available for shoulder pain?

Dr. Stein starts your treatment using a conservative approach unless there is an immediate need for more invasive treatments. Physical therapy plays a vital role in treating shoulder pain, helping tissues to heal and strengthening surrounding structures.

In some cases, injections of corticosteroids to reduce inflammation and viscosupplementation to lubricate joints can be beneficial. Regenerative medicine therapies, such as platelet-rich plasma and bone marrow aspirate stem cell injections, can be used to promote healing and tissue growth.

If you require surgery for shoulder pain, Dr. Stein is highly skilled in carrying out arthroscopic procedures to repair, release, stabilize, or replace the affected tissues or bones.

For effective relief from shoulder pain, call Drew Stein, MD, PLLC, today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.

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