The shoulder is an extremely complex part of the body. By design, the shoulder has a great range of motion, but not a lot of stability. Shoulder sports injuries are a common problem, and are often caused by activities involving repetitive or excessive overhead motion. Some sports that tend to cause shoulder injuries include tennis, baseball, swimming, and weightlifting. Shoulder injuries can also result from non-sports related activities such as gardening and home maintenance projects.
There are a variety of shoulder injuries that occur as a result of sports activities. Symptoms often include:
- Stiffness or inability to rotate the shoulder
- Weakness or instability
- Feeling that the shoulder may pop out of joint
If you have shoulder pain don't try to ignore it, or if cannot move your shoulder, don't push it. It is important to get your shoulder injury diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Come in and see us!
Shoulder Sports Injuries
Many athletic activities can make a participant more prone to shoulder sports injuries. Typical shoulder issues involve the muscles, ligaments, and tendons, but usually not the bones. Athletes are especially susceptible to shoulder problems that develop slowly through repetitive, intensive training routines. Some common conditions or injuries that affect the shoulder include:
- Tendonitis - Tendonitis occurs with the inflammation of a shoulder tendon.
- Bursitis - Shoulder bursitis refers to the inflammation of the shoulder bursa, a small serous sac between a tendon and a bone.
- Impingement Syndrome - A condition that occurs when the rotator cuff tendons rub against the roof of the shoulder.
- Rotator Cuff - A component of the shoulder, muscle and tendon injuries in this area are referred to as rotator cuff injuries.
A physical examination and a variety of diagnostic tests will allow us to quickly diagnose your shoulder issues and get you headed toward recovery.
Treatment of Shoulder Sports Injuries
Depending on the nature of the shoulder injury, your treatment may include a series of shoulder strengthening exercises including:
- Shoulder strengthening - These exercises may include the use of an elastic band, which is gently pulled toward the body.
- Wall push-ups - As the name implies, these exercises require you to perform a basic push-up from a wall, rather than the floor.
- Shoulder press ups - For this exercise, you would sit in a chair with armrests, feet touching the floor, and use your arms to press up from the chair.
With all of these exercises, your doctor will recommend the appropriate frequency and repetitions for your shoulder injury. When problems persist, we have other approaches for treating shoulder injuries. One of our skilled doctors will guide you in selecting the right course of treatment for your shoulder injury.
Contact us or call our appointment line at 513-793-3933, and we will reserve the time and location that works best for you — we can usually schedule your appointment within 48 hours.