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Are You at Risk for Shoulder Injury?

Are You at Risk for Shoulder Injury?

Experts say that the upper extremities can assume more than 1,600 positions – all centered in the small area of the shoulder joint. It’s no wonder that shoulder injuries account for the largest percentage of sports-related injuries. The shoulder blade, collar bone and shoulder joint connect to just a few small muscle groups to do all the work of stretching, punching, lifting, throwing, swimming, pushing, hammering, and more.

Shoulder pain can sideline your ability to do even the simplest activities such as brushing your hair or getting dressed. To best diagnose and treat shoulder problems, look to an orthopedic surgeon with specialized training in treating this type of musculoskeletal condition.

Orthopedic doctors have advanced knowledge of the most common shoulder disorders, including:

These shoulder conditions may stem from shoulder trauma such as an accident or shoulder injury, or a degenerative disease such as osteoarthritis. Pain can be caused by damage to the soft tissue, ligaments, tendons, muscles, bones or joint capsule surrounding the shoulder.

Discuss Nonsurgical and Surgical Treatments for Shoulder Pain

When talking to your orthopedic specialist about shoulder pain, be sure to ask about all possible treatment options. Get a comprehensive diagnosis based on your full medical history and diagnostic imaging methods like CT scans, X-rays, ultrasound, arthroscopy, and arthrogram studies.

Your doctor’s recommendations may include nonsurgical options such as physical therapy, flexibility training, or pain management medications. Severe shoulder conditions may indicate the need for shoulder surgery, which could involve anything from minimally invasive surgery for tendon repair to open surgical procedures like resurfacing, reconstructing, or replacing the shoulder joint.

For shoulder pain due to injury or degenerative disease, call 855-41-ORTHO to make an appointment with an orthopedic specialist at Baylor Scott & White Orthopedic and Spine Hospital – Arlington. If you suffer a severe shoulder injury, visit the emergency department at Baylor Scott & White – Arlington where orthopedic experts are on call 24/7.