Shoulder Surgeons

New York Bone & Joint Specialists -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

New York Bone & Joint Specialists

Orthopedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Doctors located in New York City, NY

Your shoulders play a central role in your everyday life, but you probably don’t think much about them until a problem arises. Dr. Leon E. Popovitz and the team at New York Bone & Joint Specialists offer state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services to patients throughout New York City, with offices in the Upper East Side and Midtown West neighborhoods of Manhattan. If you’re looking for relief from joint pain or impaired function, schedule an appointment today using the simple online tool or by calling the office.

Shoulder Surgeons Q & A

What are some common shoulder problems?

Your shoulder is one of the largest joints in your body, and is comprised of three bones and a complex network of soft tissues. Because the shoulder is so large and is in nearly constant use, the joint is subject to injury.

Shoulder problems can stem from trauma, repetitive stress, or degenerative conditions. Some of the more common shoulder issues include:

  • Rotator cuff tears, both partial and full
  • Shoulder Dislocations
  • SLAP/Labral Tears of Shoulder
  • Shoulder Impingement and Bursitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Shoulder instability
  • Fractures

In some cases, these problems can be addressed without surgery. Significant damage, however, is usually best repaired through a surgical procedure.

When should I see a doctor for shoulder pain?

Occasional shoulder pain is usually not a cause for concern, but pain that is severe, persistent, or accompanied by limited joint function should be evaluated by an orthopedic specialist.

Be sure to seek medical care if you experience any of the following:

  • Shoulder pain that follows a traumatic injury
  • Changes in the shape of your shoulder joint
  • Significant swelling or redness
  • Inability to lift your arm above a certain point
  • Prolonged sensations of numbness, tingling, or burning in the joint
  • Inability to carry objects
  • Fever or signs of infection

Many shoulder issues can worsen if left untreated, especially if you try to ignore or “work through” the pain. Book a diagnostic exam to determine the cause of your pain, and to find a treatment path.

How can I prevent shoulder injury?

As with most joint injuries, there are some circumstances that simply cannot be prevented, such as car accidents and injuries during high-impact sports. However, you can take steps to reduce your risk of injury when at home, at work, or while enjoying your free time.

Perhaps the best preventive measure is to remain healthy and active. Take steps to reach and maintain a healthy weight, and choose a diet that supports optimal health.

You can also reduce the risk of shoulder injuries by addressing trip hazards within your home, and by following proper safety procedures when at work. If you’re a fitness enthusiast or athlete, using proper protective gear and avoiding undue shoulder impact can lower your risk of shoulder injury.

If you find yourself in need of a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation or customized shoulder pain treatment plan, schedule an appointment with Dr. Leon E. Popovitz, widely regarded as one of the best shoulder surgeons in NYC.