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.
Shoulder Injury Causes
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:
- Shoulder instability
- Rotator cuff tear
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Labral tears
- Impingement syndrome
- Frozen shoulder
- Dislocated shoulder joint
Shoulder Injury Symptoms
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:
- An inability to rotate or lift your arm through a normal range of positions
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.
Shoulder Injury Treatment at Dignity Health
The type of shoulder problem you have will determine what our trusted orthopedics offer for your treatment and prevention. However, there are some basic principles that apply to most shoulder conditions. Nonsurgical shoulder injury treatment starts with the following:
- Anti-inflammatory medicines
- Exercises to strengthen the shoulder and restore flexibility
- Corticosteroid shots
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.
All six of our local hospitals are state-of-the-art facilities with a professional team of orthopedists that can provide the personal care you need. Make an appointment today.
Dignity Health offers comprehensive care for shoulder injuries in Sacramento, CA and the surrounding areas.
Take the Next Step
If you think orthopedic surgery may be the solution for your pain, call Dignity Health in Sacramento at (916) 851-2511 or request an appointment online.