William Schell, MD
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine/Arthroscopy located in Upper West Side, Columbus Circle, New York, NY
If a shoulder injury or pain prevents you from enjoying normal day-to-day activities, board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. William Schell, MD, can help. He treats shoulder and other orthopedic injuries at his New York City office, to give you the quality of life you deserve. Call to learn more about treatment options or book an appointment online today.
Shoulder Q & A
What is a shoulder injury?
If you’ve injured your shoulder, you’ll likely experience pain or decreased range of motion. Playing sports, sports training falls, or even heavy lifting can cause shoulder injuries. Common shoulder injuries Dr. Schell helps treat include:
- Bone fractures (clavicle fractures)
- Tears (rotator cuff tears, for example)
- Sprains and strains
- Shoulder instability
- Shoulder impingement
- Shoulder separation
- Tendonitis (tendon inflammation)
- Bursitis (inflammation at the joint)
- Arthritis injuries
The type of shoulder injury you have determines the symptoms you’ll experience and which type of treatment is necessary.
What are symptoms of a shoulder injury?
When you have a shoulder injury, you’ll likely experience common symptoms. Call Dr. Schell if you have:
- Shoulder pain
- Popping sounds in your shoulder
- Swelling or redness
- Decreased range of motion
- Stiffness or achiness
- A feeling that your shoulder is out of its socket
If you’ve injured your shoulder, stabilize the joint and make an appointment with Dr. Schell as soon as possible.
How are shoulder injuries diagnosed?
When you come in for an appointment with Dr. Schell, he uses a variety of methods to figure out the type of shoulder injury you have. He conducts a physical examination, goes over your medical history, and orders imaging tests (such as X-rays and MRIs) as needed to make a final diagnosis.
What is the treatment for shoulder injuries?
Dr. Schell works with you to find the appropriate treatment for your shoulder injury based on how severe it is. Some injuries are treated conservatively, while severe shoulder problems may require surgery to restore normal function. Dr. Schell may recommend you:
- Take certain medications for pain or inflammation
- Rest your shoulder
- Use ice or compression treatment
- Elevate your shoulder
- Try physical therapy
- Receive injections
- Stabilize the joint while it heals
- Undergo surgical repair
Orthopedic shoulder surgeries Dr. Schell performs include:
- Shoulder joint replacement surgery
- SLAP repair
- Shoulder stabilization
- Rotator cuff repair
- Clavicle fracture treatment
- Shoulder arthroscopy
Together, you and Dr. Schell will decide on a treatment plan you’re comfortable with, and he’ll always suggest the least invasive option first. Call to learn more about shoulder injury treatments, or book an appointment online with Dr. Schell today.