The shoulder is a complex joint that contains three bones, including the upper arm bone (humerus), the shoulder blade (scapula), and the collarbone. It also contains cartilage and other soft tissues, including muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Common shoulder conditions include:
- Arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Labral tears
- Shoulder instability
- Frozen shoulder
- Impingement syndrome
- Rotator cuff tear
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Causes of shoulder conditions & injuries
In most cases, shoulder problems are caused by an injury or a disease of the soft tissues of the shoulder. Overuse from repetitive motions, during work, sports, or a hobby is a common cause of these issues. Bone injuries of the shoulder, like fractures, usually result from trauma.
Symptoms of common shoulder conditions & injuries
A common sign of a shoulder problem is shoulder pain. This pain can range from dull and achy to sharp and severe, and the specific location of the pain within the shoulder can help your doctor diagnose the problem.
Other signs and symptoms include stiffness, weakness, and an inability to move your arm through a normal range of positions. For fractures and dislocations, the shoulder may appear deformed.
Treatment & prevention of common shoulder conditions & injuries
The treatment recommended for your shoulder problem will depend on the specific injury or condition. However, there are some basic steps that will likely be taken to treat your shoulder.
Treatment often starts with nonsurgical approaches, including rest, anti-inflammatory medicines, and exercises to strengthen the shoulder and restore flexibility. Physical therapy techniques can speed up healing and help you regain movement, as well as prevent future problems.
Your doctor may also recommend corticosteroid shots in the shoulder. Surgery may be needed if nonsurgical methods don’t resolve the problem.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals offers expert care for shoulder injuries and conditions in Henderson and Las Vegas, NV.