Keeping Your Shoulders Healthy and Strong
- Posted on: Dec 8 2013
Shoulders have more mobility than any other joint in the body, so even a minor injury can lead to a significant loss of strength in the area. Most commonly, shoulder injuries are caused by a sports activity which involves excessive, repetitive motions, such as baseball, swimming, or tennis. Because the shoulder contains a significant amount of muscles around the joint, rehabilitation if often necessary.
When it comes to shoulder injury, early detection is key in preventing an injury from becoming more serious. When shoulder injuries are detected early, an orthopedic surgeon will likely recommend prescribe a series of exercises, medications, or therapies to strengthen the joint and avoid surgery.
Let’s take a look at common shoulder injuries, and their treatments:
- Rotator Cuff Injuries. The rotator cuff is among the most important components of the shoulder. Comprised of muscles and tendons holding the bones of the shoulder together, these muscles also provide individuals with the ability to lift up their arms and reach overhead. Most of the treatments for these injuries include nonsurgical methods such as physical therapy, steroid injections, anti-inflammatory medications, and resting the joint.
- Acromioclavicular joint injury. Otherwise known as a “Separated Shoulder”. Also called the “AC” joint is where the acromion and clavicle bones in the shoulder area meet. Injury to this joint most often occurs as a result of a fall, causing the acromion to move or separate from the clavicle, and cause the ligaments to tear or stretch. Nonsurgical treatments, such as physical therapy and medications, are used first to strengthen the joint and repair injury, although some more severe cases will require surgery.
- Labral tears. The labrum is a protective cartilage found in ball and socket joints, such as the hip and shoulder. They provide stability and range of motion for these shallow joints. When this cartilage is damaged or torn, it results in a condition known as a “labral tear.” As a result of this tear, the shoulder will become loose and feel unstable. While most tears are treated with physical therapy, labral repair surgery may be necessary to repair unstable shoulders and restore the joint’s full movement and strength.
Shoulder Specialist in Worcester
If you have questions about shoulder injury or its treatments, contact us today. Our offices are located in Worcester, proudly serving the surrounding areas. Schedule your appointment today at 508.363.6363. We hope to hear from you soon!