The shoulder joint is one of the most utilized joints in the body, thereby making it the most susceptible joint to injuries. If you are an athlete stressing your shoulder on daily basis, you may be at a higher risk of a shoulder injury. Not all shoulder injuries are considered severe as some may just require rest. As it is often difficult to assess the severity of the shoulder injury, it is advisable to get an early assessment from a skilled shoulder surgeon. In severe cases orthopedic surgeons may recommend shoulder surgery to address the problem. The physician’s participating in the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral line treat a variety of orthopedic and sports injuries including those affecting the shoulder. This post outlines three common shoulder injuries faced by athletes.
1. Rotator Cuff Strain or Tear
The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons covering the shoulder joint. A rotator cuff strain occurs when there is a tear of any of the four rotator cuff muscles. This type of injury is most common among athletes participating in throwing and racket sports. The strain can range from mild to severe. Severe injuries may require shoulder surgery.
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2. Dislocated Shoulder
A dislocated shoulder is a painful injury, mostly caused during contact sports or from a fall. In this type of injury, the upper arm bone dislocated from its original position (a cup-shaped socket of the shoulder blade). As there is a high probability of recurrence of dislocation, shoulder surgery may be recommended as an early treatment option to avoid additional dislocations.
3. Shoulder Fractures
Fractures in the shoulder typically occur from direct impact to the shoulder joint. Shoulder fractures are painful but can usually be treated without surgery. An orthopedic surgeon can use x-ray to diagnose a shoulder fracture. Treatment options include using a sling to limit movement or surgery to help stabilize the joint.
In the case of persistent shoulder pain, it is advisable to consult a shoulder surgeon. Depending on the diagnosis, shoulder pain treatment can range from rest and anti-inflammatories to therapy or surgical intervention. The patient navigators at the Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center help connect patients in Plano and nearby areas to participating physicians with expertise in treating shoulder related problems. To book an appointment, simply fill our appointment form or call at 1-888-608-4762.
Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center.