The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Shoulder Injuries

Do you have shoulder pain? You’re not alone. The shoulder is a complex joint that is often injured. In this article, we will provide you with the ultimate cheat sheet on shoulder injuries. We will discuss the most common causes of shoulder pain, and provide you with information on how to treat them. We will also discuss prevention strategies so that you can stay healthy and pain-free!


Shoulder Pain


The shoulder is a ball and socket joint. The ball is the top of the humerus bone in the upper arm and the socket is part of the scapula or shoulder blade. The shoulder can move in many directions because it has more range of motion than any other joint in the body. The rotator cuff muscles and tendons hold the shoulder joint together and allow it to move. The rotator cuff muscles attach to the humerus bone and the shoulder blade.


Shoulder pain can be caused by a variety of factors. You could have hurt it in a fall or an accident, or you could have overworked it by painting. Shoulder pain can be caused by a disorder such as arthritis. It can also be caused by issues in other parts of your body, which is known as referred pain.


What Are the Symptoms of a Shoulder Injury?


The ball-and-socket joint in the shoulder allows for a wide range of motion but at the sacrifice of stability. Dislocations of the shoulder joint occur more frequently than any other joint in the body. Repetitive tension from the way you use your shoulders at work or in sports can result in tears and other ailments.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have a shoulder injury:

  • Pain in the front, side, or back of your shoulder
  • Difficulty moving your arm
  • Swelling or bruising in the area around your shoulder
  • A popping noise when you move your shoulder
  • Numbness or tingling in your arm or hand.


What Are Shoulder Pain Causes and Risk Factors?


Shoulder pain can be caused by a variety of injuries or conditions. The most common shoulder injury is a rotator cuff tear. Other causes of shoulder pain include:

  • Frozen shoulder
  • Bursitis
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Impingement syndrome
  • Labral tear

Each of these conditions has its own unique set of risk factors. Some people are more likely to experience shoulder pain than others due to their age, occupation, or lifestyle habits. Knowing the risk factors for each condition can help you take steps to prevent them from developing in the first place.

  • Age is one of the biggest risk factors for developing shoulder pain. The older you get, the more likely you are to experience an injury or condition that causes shoulder pain. This is because the tissues in your shoulder joint tend to wear down over time.
  • Gender can also play a role in developing shoulder pain. Women are more likely to experience frozen shoulder, while men are more likely to experience rotator cuff tears.
  • Your occupation can also put you at risk for developing shoulder pain. People who do a lot of overhead activities, such as construction workers or hairdressers, are more likely to experience an injury or condition that leads to shoulder pain.
  • Lifestyle habits can also contribute to developing shoulder pain. People who are overweight or inactive are more likely to experience problems with their shoulders than those who maintain a healthy weight and stay active.


How Is Shoulder Pain Diagnosed?


The shoulder is a complex joint that can be injured in many different ways. The most common injuries are strains and sprains of the muscles and ligaments that support the shoulder. Determining the cause of shoulder pain can be difficult. The first step is to determine whether the pain is coming from the shoulder joint or from one of the surrounding muscles, tendons, or nerves.

To diagnose a shoulder injury, your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. He or she will also perform a physical examination, which may include:

  • Asking you to move your arm in various directions
  • Palpating (feeling) around your shoulder joint for swelling or tenderness
  • Checking the range of motion in your shoulder
  • Checking your strength and reflexes

If your doctor suspects that you have a shoulder injury, he or she may order imaging tests, such as an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan. These tests can help identify the cause of your shoulder pain and determine the best treatment plan.


What Are Shoulder Pain Treatments and Home Remedies?


Shoulder pain can be caused by many things such as rotator cuff injury or tear, bursitis, frozen shoulder, arthritis, and tendonitis. The treatment for shoulder pain will depend on what is causing the pain. Some common treatments are ice packs, over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen or aspirin, physical therapy, and surgery.

If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, don’t wait to call Dr. Stephen S. Chen, MD. The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Shoulder Injuries provided above is a great resource, but it’s always best to consult with a medical professional to get an accurate diagnosis and the best treatment plan for you. Don’t let your shoulder pain keep you from living your life – call Dr. Stephen S. Chen, MD today and we’ll help get you back to feeling like yourself again.


Are You Looking for a Sports Medicine Physician You Can Trust?


Dr. Chen sees patients at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Center for Sports Medicine in Walnut Creek, California. He is a board-certified Pediatrician and Sports Medicine Doctor that specializes in the non-operative medical treatment of a wide variety of various musculoskeletal conditions, including back injuries.  Dr. Chen graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine and went on to complete Pediatric residency training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey (Rutgers), then went on to fellowship training in Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, one of the perennially top-ranked children’s hospitals in the nation. There he provided sideline coverage for NCAA Division I athletics at the University of Cincinnati and Miami University (OH). Since graduating, Dr. Chen has continued his love of sports coverage by volunteering for the San Francisco Marathon, the San Francisco Giant Race, and as the team physician for Northgate High School in Walnut Creek. Being a part of The Center for Sports Medicine allows Dr. Chen quick access to a multidisciplinary team of orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists, physiatrists, and physical therapists to return you to your highest functional level quickly and safely. Click here to contact us for your next appointment!


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