There is a difference in simply being sore due to exercise and other, more pressing shoulder issues. Some soreness after a workout or other physical activity is okay. If you are sore for 2 to 5 days after the activity, treating with pain medication such as anti-inflammatories, ice and rest can often help resolve the issue. If, however, your pain lasts more than 3 to 5 days or is reproducible with one specific activity or movement, making an appointment with your doctor is important.
If you are experiencing prolonged sharp pain in your shoulder, decreased range of motion or other symptoms related to a fall or injury, Memorial Hermann Joint Centers offer treatment options structured around your needs. With medication, physical therapy and even surgical modalities of treatment, our team and facilities can provide you with a therapeutic approach to manage and treat your shoulder pain.
Your shoulder complex is composed of several layers, including bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles.
The bones in the shoulder are the clavicle (collarbone), scapula (shoulder blade) and the humerus (upper arm).
Joints are where movement occurs and include the sternoclavicular joint, the acromioclavicular (AC) joint and the shoulder joint (glenohumeral), which is a ball-and-socket joint. This joint facilitates the movement of your shoulder.
Ligaments are white, shiny bands of fibrous tissue that hold joints together. They connect various bones together. One ligament group, the joint capsule, helps to stabilize your shoulder.
Tendons are tough cords of tissue that connect muscle to bone. The rotator cuff tendons are a major group that connect the deepest layer of muscles to your upper arm bone. These muscles, including the rotator cuff, facilitate movement of your shoulder.
All of these components work together to give you range of motion and allow you to go about your daily life. Many of these structures can be damaged due to acute injury such as a fall, dislocation or a tear due to exertion or use.
One of the body’s largest and most complicated joints, the shoulder can break down due to several factors, including age, gender and level of activity. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons groups shoulder injuries into the following categories:
Although we often associate shoulder injuries with professional athletes or those with very active lifestyles, this type of injury can affect just about anyone. We do, however, see some common causes associated with shoulder injury, including:
While some shoulder injuries, such as dislocation, can occur without warning, the vast majority of injuries develop slowly, through repetitive movements. If you notice any of the following early warning signs of shoulder issues, schedule a checkup with an orthopedic specialist to avoid further complications down the road:
The affiliated orthopedic surgeons at Memorial Hermann offer innovative treatment options for shoulder injuries and disorders.
Top orthopedic surgeons will tell you that the key to recovering from a shoulder injury is physical therapy.
Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institutes and convenient Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation clinics provide advanced physical therapy and specialty care at locations across the Greater Houston area, making shoulder rehabilitation as convenient as possible for every patient.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 50 million adults suffer from arthritis, making it the leading cause of disability in America. Arthritis of the shoulder can cause inflammation, pain and stiffness, and can make it difficult to go about your daily routine. Memorial Hermann offers several treatment options for those with arthritic shoulder pain, from physical and aquatic therapy to joint replacement.
Bankart tears most often occur when a patient dislocates their shoulder, tearing the cartilage of the shoulder socket that reinforces the shoulder joint. Repairing a Bankart tear may require outpatient, minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, and patients often go home within a few hours after the procedure.
Rotator cuff injuries are some of the most commonly diagnosed shoulder injuries, and there are a variety of options for treatment. Your doctor may recommend arthroscopic surgery to fix a torn rotator cuff, which involves re-attaching the tendon to the humerus, or upper-arm bone. A partial rotator cuff tear, on the other hand, may simply need a trimming or smoothing procedure called a debridement.
The team of physicians, orthopedic surgeons, therapists, and trainers at Memorial Hermann treat a variety of orthopedic injuries, allowing the active patient to return to their desired activity level in a safe, effective, and timely manner. For more information on available treatment options, physical therapy, or human performance services, fill out the form below.
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