Shoulder pain can prevent you from reaching for objects and lifting your arm in any direction. Our surgeons specialize in evaluating and diagnosing the extent of shoulder injuries and shoulder pain.
Most Common Types of Shoulder Injuries
- Shoulder dislocations and torn rotator cuffs are the most common of shoulder injuries. These can often require shoulder surgery, but other measures can be taken. Our surgeons can identify how to best heal your shoulder pain.
- Shoulder tendonitis can cause great pain and decrease your ability to us your shoulder and arm. It is important to treat this condition quickly. The mobility of the shoulder will often worsen over time.
Other Types of Shoulder Injuries
- Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) — a severely restrictive condition frequently caused by an injury that leads to lack of use due to pain. Intermittent periods of use may cause inflammation and adhesions to grow between the joint surfaces which can restrict motion.
- Bursitis — often occurs when tendonitis and impingement syndrome cause inflammation of the bursa sacs that protect the shoulder.
- Fracture — a partial or total crack or break through a bone. This usually occurs due to an impact injury.
- Impingement syndrome — caused by the excessive squeezing or rubbing of the rotator cuff and shoulder blade. This can lead to a torn rotator cuff.
- Rotator cuff tear — involves one or more rotator cuff tendons becoming inflamed from overuse, aging, a fall on an outstretched hand, or a collision.
- Tendonitis — caused when the rotator cuff and/or biceps tendon becomes inflamed.
What Causes Shoulder Injuries and Pain
Although the shoulder is the most movable joint in the body, it is also an unstable joint because of its range-of-motion. The ball of the upper arm is larger than the socket of the shoulder making it susceptible to injury.
The shoulder joint is also supported by soft tissues (muscles, tendons, and ligaments) which are subject to injury, overuse, and under use.
Degenerative conditions and other diseases in the body may also contribute to shoulder problems or generate pain that travels along nerves to the shoulder.
Shoulder pain may be localized in a specific area or it may spread to areas around the shoulder or down the arm.