Shoulder pain affects approximately one out of every ten Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Shoulders have the greatest range of motion of any human joint. It’s no surprise they’re frequently hurt!Learn more by visiting San Antonio Shoulder Pain Doctor
Shoulder Injuries: As a personal injury lawyer, I represent people who have sustained catastrophic shoulder injuries or fractured bones as a result of an accident. Shoulder injuries can occur when a bicyclist is hit by a car at a crosswalk, when someone slips and falls on a spill on the floor, or when someone trips over a pothole or other tripping hazard in a grocery store, as well as in pedestrian/auto incidents.
Shoulder Anatomy: The most usually dislocated joint is the shoulder. The shoulder is not as tightly connected as the rest of our body’s ball and socket joints. Shoulder sockets are shallower and flatter, with a lot of soft tissue holding the balls (the upper end of the top arm bones) in place.
Shoulder Problems: Shoulders are prone to a variety of injuries in addition to wear and strain.
Problems with the ligaments and tendons of the shoulder are more common than with the bones. An examination, as well as x-rays or an MRI, can help doctors pinpoint the exact location of shoulder pain.
Shoulder Injuries Come in a Variety of Forms: Dislocation: The surrounding soft tissue is strained and torn as the ball-shaped top of the upper arm (humerus) is dragged out of its socket (glenoid), generating a lot of swelling and pain in the shoulder. As a result, the front of the shoulder’s supporting ligaments may be injured. Shoulder dislocation can be excruciatingly painful. Although a doctor can typically move the arm back into place, shoulder surgery may be required in some cases.
A dislocated shoulder is commonly caused by a slip and fall accident, as well as a pedestrian or cycling collision.
The nature of the damage makes it more susceptible to dislocation in the future. Because soft tissue deteriorates with age, the injury to an older adult’s body may be more severe.
Rest, ice packs, pain pills, muscle relaxants, and physical therapy are all common treatments for a dislocated shoulder. A separated shoulder occurs closer to the neck, at the place where the top of the shoulder blade (scapula) meets the collarbone (clavicle). Ligaments that connect the two bones are strained or ruptured.
Rest, ice, pain medications, and physical therapy are commonly used to treat a separated shoulder joint injury.
Rotator Cuff Injury: The rotator cuff is the structure beneath the deltoid and pectoralis muscles that supports the ball of the shoulder in its socket. It is made up of four muscles and several tendons. An inflammatory rotator cuff injury can lead to partial tears, minor tears, and bigger tears. A rotator cuff injury can cause one of the tendons to separate from the arm bone. Pain in the shoulder and upper arm that gets worse over time and when the arm is raised or lowered are among the symptoms.
Rotator cuff tears can be treated with rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medication, as well as physical therapy, if found early. Ultrasound, in combination with steroid cream, can reduce inflammation and enhance blood flow, hastening the healing process. In more severe shoulder rotator cuff rips, arthroscopic surgery may be used to repair the tendon.
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