Montefiore New Rochelle Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Joint Solutions: Shoulder Problems

Think about the wide range of motion made possible by your shoulder. The fact that this joint is the body's most movable and flexible also means that it is among the most fragile—with damage often stemming from either chronic wear and tear or sudden injury.

Damage to the shoulder may result in instability of the joint, to the point that even simply raising your arm hurts. When left untreated, painful shoulder problems and can be life-altering.  

The Joint Solutions team at Montefiore New Rochelle are highly-trained specialists with extensive experience treating all of the most common debilitating shoulder conditions, including:

  • Damaged Rotator Cuff: The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that attach to the bones of the shoulder joint, allowing the shoulder to move and keeping it stable. A rotator cuff tear is a common cause of pain and disability among adults. The passages that the tendons travel through can be quite narrow in some people, and repetitive movement can cause the surrounding structures to become irritated and inflamed.
  • Tendonitis: When a tendon is constantly irritated by repeatedly rubbing against the shoulder bone, it can become irritated and swollen, leaving even less space between the tendons and the bone. Picture a rope being pulled along a craggy rock over and over again. This inflammation is called tendonitis.
  • Bursitis: A bursa is a fluid-filled structure that acts as a shock-absorber or cushion in many of the body's joints. In the shoulder, they cushion the rotator cuff from the shoulder bone. If the rotator cuff becomes inflamed, it can irritate the bursa, causing it to produce more fluid, pressure and pain.
  • Arthritis: Arthritis is less common in the shoulder than in the knee or hip, but it does occur. The cartilage surfaces on the bones can wear away over time, or become damaged from an injury or infection, resulting in pain and stiffness.

When more conservative approaches fall short, we may recommend surgery for certain conditions, including arthritis, shoulder instability or a torn rotator cuff. Thanks to recent advances in techniques and technology, we can perform many of these procedures arthroscopically, often on an outpatient basis. Arthroscopy allows the surgeon to see and work inside the joint through a few small incisions. When necessary, a shoulder replacement surgery may be considered to resurface worn out parts of your shoulder allowing a return to motion with less pain.

Our goal is for you to return to a pain free, active life. We understand that communication and knowledge are integral to your successful understanding and treatment of your shoulder problems. Our specialists will work closely with you to determine which of the many options we offer will work best for you.

If you are considering shoulder surgery of any kind, we invite you to visit our link, "Frequently Asked Questions about Shoulder Surgery"  

Have questions? Please feel free to contact us at 914-365-3981. We look forward to hearing from you.