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The shoulder is a complex joint with three bones — the upper arm bone (humerus), the shoulder blade (scapula), and the collarbone. A shoulder injury occurs when one or more of these bones, or the muscles, tendons, and ligaments surrounding the shoulder joint, are damaged in some way.
If you need care for a recent shoulder injury or an ongoing condition that is limiting movement in your shoulder, request an appointment with an experienced orthopedic doctor at Dignity Health. In addition to advanced diagnostic testing, our orthopedic services include a wide array of treatments for shoulder injuries in Sacramento and surrounding the areas. For a doctor referral, call 866.914.3627.
In most cases, shoulder problems result from an injury or a disease of the soft tissues (like osteoarthritis). Overuse from repetitive motions during work, sports, or a hobby is a common cause of these soft tissue problems. Bone injuries of the shoulder, such as fractures, usually result from trauma.
Common shoulder conditions include:
Pain is a symptom common to just about every shoulder problem. The pain can range from dull and achy to sharp and severe. The specific location of pain within the shoulder can help your doctor diagnose the problem.
Along with pain, other signs and symptoms include:
Your shoulder may also feel like it is loose, or like it could pop or slide out of place. For fractures and dislocations, the shoulder may appear deformed.
Physical therapy can speed up the healing process and prevent mild problems from becoming serious. Shoulder surgery may be necessary if these methods fail to resolve the problem.
If you need care for a recent shoulder injury or an ongoing condition that is limiting movement in your shoulder, you can Find a Doctor online or by calling 866.914.3627. Our orthopedic services include a wide array of treatments for shoulder injuries around Merced County.