3 Common Shoulder Injuries: Causes and Treatment
Your shoulder is the most mobile joint in your body. Because of this, it’s also more prone to injury, especially if you participate in contact sports or perform repetitive, overhead movements. Three common shoulder injuries are:
#1 – Rotator Cuff Injury
The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that hold your bones together in your shoulder joint. If a tear occurs in one of the muscles or tendons in the rotator cuff, your shoulder could feel weak or stiff. Your range of motion will also suffer when you have this painful injury. This injury is very painful. You may experience pain in your shoulder or arm when moving it, along with achy pain at night while you try to sleep.
#2 – SLAP Tear
A SLAP tear occurs when the ring of cartilage that surrounds the shoulder socket, called the labrum, tears. This type of tear usually develops over time from overhead, repetitive motions that are common with playing tennis, swimming or throwing a baseball. If you have this injury, you might notice a decrease in range of motion and athletic performance. Pain with certain motions, feeling that your shoulder is going to pop out or vague pain that is hard to pinpoint are all signs of a possible SLAP tear.
#3 – Shoulder Instability
Injuries to your shoulder muscles, ligaments or tendons from repetitive motions or trauma can cause instability. Instability can cause your shoulder to dislocate if the head of your upper arm bone pops out of your shoulder socket. If this happens, you’ll experience a sudden and severe pain in the shoulder area. You could experience a lack of movement and weakness in your arm. Swelling and bruising may appear.
Treating Common Shoulder Injuries
The problem with many shoulder injuries is that often people will try to ignore the pain and tough it out to stay in the game. This can worsen the injury and prolong recovery. The earlier you seek treatment, the better the chance for recovery. Your doctor may recommend:
- Ice and anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain and inflammation
- Shoulder exercises to strengthen your shoulder muscles, including wall push-ups or shoulder press-ups
- Arthroscopic surgery to repair the damage
Don’t delay in seeking treatment for shoulder injuries. Dr. David Dominquez of 3D Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center is fellowship trained in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopic Surgery with specific expertise in diagnosing and treating a broad spectrum of athletic, degenerative and traumatic shoulder problems. Should you need surgery Dr. Dominguez is skilled in the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques geared to expedite your recovery. If you are experiencing pain related to a shoulder injury, contact us to schedule an appointment today.