Proper functioning of the shoulder (parts of the body that are also called the "upper extremities") – is necessary for daily activities. Writing, grabbing, driving, or lifting are severely limited if the muscles, nerves, joints, and bones in these areas are not working properly.

The design of the shoulders and their daily use put them at risk for injury. In fact, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, one-third of all acute injuries treated in emergency rooms involve the upper extremities.

Many injuries to these areas can be treated without surgery, and at BMC, physicians explore such options before considering surgery. However, there are times when surgery can be the better option. BMC surgeons are fellowship-trained in shoulder surgery and have extensive expertise in caring for the shoulders.

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Specialty Clinics

Orthopedic Surgery

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Boston Medical Center, one of the most outstanding in New England, provides comprehensive, exceptional orthopedic care to every patient, without exception.

Physical and Occupational Therapy

Recovering from an injury or learning to live with a physical disability or limitation can be challenging. Physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) can help patients regain strength or mobility, relearn skills, or find new ways of performing everyday tasks.

Conditions We Treat

  • Shoulder Joint Tear

Our Team

Xinning Li, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon
Associate Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Sports Medicine, Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Shoulder Replacement - Total and Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty, ACL and Meniscus Surgery, Shoulder Instability, Rotator Cuff Surgery, Cartilage Surgery, Multiligament Knee Reconstruction

Robert J Nicoletta, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon
Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee including ACL reconstruction, Shoulder rotator cuff injuries and instability.

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Affiliations

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As the principal teaching affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), Boston Medical Center is devoted to training future generations of healthcare professionals.  Learn more about Boston University School of Medicine.