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Shoulder Injuries Specialist



Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Hand Surgeons located in Yonkers, NY

As the most mobile joint in your body, your shoulders are highly susceptible to injuries such as rotator cuff tears and labral tears. At SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER ORTHOPEDICS AND SPORTS MEDICINE, the team provides state-of-the-art shoulder injury consultations, including minimally invasive arthroscopy and total shoulder replacements, at their offices in Yonkers, New York City. Patients can expect effective shoulder injury treatment through the care of board-certified orthopedic surgeons David Lent, MD, FAAOS, and Eric Spencer, MD, FAAOS. Booking a visit takes just moments online or over the phone.

Shoulder Injuries Q & A

What are common shoulder injuries?

The shoulder is a complex and highly flexible joint, leaving it prone to numerous injuries. The experienced team at SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER ORTHOPEDICS AND SPORTS MEDICINE sees patients with a wide range of shoulder complaints, including:

Rotator cuff tears

The rotator cuff is a group of four tendons that attach your upper arm bone (humerus) to the shoulder blade. A partial or complete tear in one of these tendons causes pain and may reduce the range of motion in your arm.

Shoulder dislocations and instability

A dislocated shoulder happens when the head of your humerus moves all the way out of the socket (glenoid) it normally sits in. Shoulder instability occurs when the soft tissues of your shoulder stretch and allow the humeral head to partially or completely slip out of place.

Labral tears

The labrum is a ring of fibrous tissue that helps keep the head of your humerus securely attached to the glenoid socket. The team treats various types of shoulder labral tears, including SLAP (superior labrum anterior to posterior) tears.

Other shoulder conditions


  • Shoulder impingement
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis


Arthritis is another common cause of shoulder pain, especially among older adults.

What kinds of shoulder surgeries are available?

Most shoulder surgeries are performed as either arthroscopic or open surgical procedures. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique using specially designed devices to access the joint through small incisions in the skin. The doctors perform the repairs while watching a video feed from inside your body to see inside the joint and check their progress.

Open surgery is the traditional method, where the body is opened up to allow your providers access to the joint. They provide you with advice and details about the options available if shoulder surgery is necessary to treat your condition.

When is shoulder surgery necessary?

Surgery is rarely the first line of treatment. However, when shoulder pain and loss of function and mobility negatively affect your life and medications, or other therapies aren't working, the team may recommend surgery to address the condition.

If you’re experiencing pain or limited mobility in your shoulder, call SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER ORTHOPEDICS AND SPORTS MEDICINE or request an appointment using the online tool.