Shoulder Surgery

Igor Rubinshteyn, MD

Orthopedic Surgery located in Brooklyn, NY

Shoulder injuries, like rotator cuff tears, can make even the simplest daily task unbearably painful. If you have a known shoulder injury or unexplained shoulder pain, book an evaluation at the practice of Igor Rubinshteyn, MD, in Brooklyn, New York. As a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Rubinshteyn offers the latest and most advanced treatment solutions for all types of shoulder issues. Click on the online scheduler to book, or call the office nearest you directly.

Shoulder Surgery Q & A

What causes shoulder injuries?

Your shoulder joint is a complex area that allows for full range of motion of your upper extremities. Athletic activities and overuse, like from frequently throwing a ball, are among the leading causes of shoulder injuries and rotator cuff issues. You can also develop a shoulder injury because of:

  • Shoulder instability
  • Impingement syndrome
  • Trauma or accidents
  • Sudden increase in activity level
  • Degenerative conditions, including arthritis


Most shoulder injuries are soft tissue-related, rather than a bone problem. You can certainly dislocate your shoulder joint or fracture any of the bones in your shoulder, too.

Do shoulder injuries cause symptoms?

You probably don’t realize just how much you use your shoulder on a daily basis until you injure it. Shoulder injuries can cause severe pain and discomfort just by taking a deep breath in, since the movement of your ribcage can cause your injured shoulder to move, too. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of a shoulder injury, including a rotator cuff tear, include:

  • Stiffness
  • Instability
  • Limited range of motion
  • Decreased strength


Shoulder injury sufferers often explain that it feels like their shoulder is about to pop out of the socket, just by performing simple daily tasks. If any of these issues sound familiar, it’s time to see Dr. Rubinshteyn as soon as possible.

How are shoulder injuries treated?

Dr. Rubinshteyn wants to ensure you can get relief from any pain and inflammation you’re currently experiencing while working to strengthen your shoulder and help it heal. To do this, he designs a comprehensive treatment plan that may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Immobilization or bracing
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Corticosteroid injections


Dr. Rubinshteyn also offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. This revolutionary regenerative therapy involves gathering a small blood sample from your arm and processing it right in the office. This helps powerful healing components known as growth factors separate out.

After extracting your growth factor-rich concentration into a syringe, Dr. Rubinshteyn carefully injects it into your shoulder joint. Over the following few weeks, your PRP treatment helps damaged tissues heal while decreasing inflammation.*

As a last resort, Dr. Rubinshteyn may suggest surgery for a shoulder injury. He can perform most shoulder repairs, including a rotator cuff repair, using minimally invasive arthroscopic methods, so you can have a faster recovery.

Before your shoulder injury worsens, schedule an evaluation at the office of Igor Rubinshteyn, MD. Book online or over the phone.

* Individual results may vary.