Westchase Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation
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
- Shoulder injuries are relatively common, especially in athletics that involve thr
- 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
- owing 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.
- 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
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
Diagnosis as well as medical and surgical treatment of knee pain through our clinic include:
Shoulder Dislocation / Acute Instability
Chronic Shoulder Instability
Shoulder (AC) Separation
Rotator Cuff Tears
Rotator Cuff Tear Treatment
Biceps Tendon Tear at the Shoulder (Long-Head Rupture)
Arthritis of the Shoulder
Arthritis Treatment / Shoulder Joint Replacement
Burners and Stingers
Exercise After Shoulder Surgery