Your shoulder is a remarkable mobile joint, and you may not realize just how much you rely on your shoulders until an injury limits your movement. At the Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Daniel Fox, MD, FACS, and the team of orthopedic specialists offer expert diagnosis and treatment for painful shoulder injuries and degenerative conditions that limit your mobility and interfere with your life. If you’re living with shoulder pain, call the Center for Orthopedics in Toms River, New Jersey, and Sports Medicine or make an appointment online today.
You probably don’t spend much time thinking about your shoulder. However, your shoulder is surprisingly vulnerable to injury because of its extensive range of motion and your nearly constant use of these extremely mobile and flexible joints. For example, you use your shoulders for almost every movement that you make from typing to running.
Some of the more common shoulder injuries include:
Your rotator cuff is the group of tendons and muscles that surround your shoulder, providing stability and mobility. Rotator cuff tears occur when these soft tissues tear in part or in full. In addition to pain, your shoulder will produce a clicking or grinding noise, and you won’t be able to lift your arm without pain.
Your shoulder is prone to inflammation injuries like tendinitis and bursitis, which often develop from overuse. When your tendons or bursa are inflamed and swollen, there’s less room for them to move, which is not only painful in itself but also can lead to impingement and mobility problems.
Osteoarthritis is the degenerative form of arthritis that develops as the smooth cartilage that covers and cushions your bones where they meet in a joint gradually wears away. Your bones rub together, which causes irritation and inflammation. You experience pain, swelling, and stiffness in your shoulder — or other affected joint.
Your clavicle, or collarbone, is one of the more delicate bones that comprise your shoulder. Collarbone fractures occur following accidents that put excessive pressure on your bone, such as bodily collisions during sports or a fall where you catch yourself with an outstretched arm.
At the Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, the physicians diagnose shoulder injuries and conditions with physical exams and diagnostic imaging services such as X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans.
The team of expert orthopedic surgeons at the Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine provides customized treatments to relieve your shoulder pain, heal your joint, and restore your strength and range of motion.
If conservative treatments aren’t effective, your surgeon may suggest minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery to remove debris and repair the tissues in your shoulder. Your surgeon can repair ligaments, reattach loose tissues, and remove loose fragments of tendon, bursa, and other materials.
They also offer innovative regenerative medicine treatments such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections to help your shoulder heal.
If you’re living with a painful shoulder condition or injury, call the Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine or schedule a consultation online today.