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Shoulder

 

Shoulder injuries are relatively common, especially in athletics that involve throwing or frequent shoulder rotation. Repetitive or intense shoulder movement often put the rotator cuff muscles under a lot of stress, which can lead to injury.

Athletic injuries common to the shoulder include:

 

  • Acromioclavicular Joint (ACJ) Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Labral Tears
  • Thrower's Shoulder
  • Biceps Injuries
  • Bursitis
  • Fractures

 

Risk Factors

 

  • Weak Rotator Cuff Muscles—Weak or fatigued muscles can lead to soft tissue injury
  • Overuse—Shoulder pain is frequently caused by overuse of the shoulder
  • Aging—Tendons lose elasticity as we age, making aging a risk factor for rotator cuff injuries

 

Prevention

 

  • Avoid repetitive overhead activities
  • Avoid doing too much too soon after an injury
  • Warm up before engaging in sports
  • Maintain proper posture
  • Exercise regularly, making sure to participate in upper body strengthening

 

Treatment

As soon as you notice any minor injury it is important to have it treated. The best way to prevent major injuries is to treat minor injuries first. If a minor injury is not given a chance to heal before it is subjected to the same activity, pain and inflammation may become chronic.

 

Sometimes it’s difficult to determine how serious a shoulder injury actually is. Simple muscle strains often appear similar more serious issues. Because of this, it’s important to receive early treatment and assessment from a trained physician; this may include x-rays or a special scan.

 

Shoulder injuries fall into two categories: acute and chronic. It’s critical that the patient and doctor discuss whether the injury came on suddenly or whether it came about with a slow progression of symptoms. If the shoulder issue has been bothering you for several days or weeks, be sure to tell your doctor all of your symptoms and how long you’ve been experiencing each one.

 

When to Seek Medical Attention

 

  • The pain persists for more than 2-3 days
  • You are unable to work due to the pain/limitations
  • You are unable to reach up or to the side with the affected arm after 2-3 days
  • You are unable to move the shoulder and/or arm

 

Diagnosis & Treatment

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