Shoulder Injuries

What & How To Save Yourself from Shoulder Injuries this Season?

The shoulder is composed of the shoulder blade (scapula), collarbone (clavicle), and upper arm bone (humerus). With two joints (the glenohumeral and the acromioclavicular), the shoulder is widely considered to be the most unstable joint. It can move in multiple directions and allow you to apply force or pressure, allowing for greater movement, but simultaneously making it more susceptible to injury than any other joint in the human body.

There are countless ways the shoulder can be injured in athletics; repetitive arm motions, like throwing, swimming, or weight lifting, can contribute to several different conditions.

These conditions include bursitis, rotator cuff tendinitis, rotator cuff tears, frozen shoulder, and shoulder instability. However, the doctors at Wisconsin Bone and Joint say that performing proper warm-ups and strength training exercises can decrease an athlete’s potential for injury.

Strength training exercises using free weights or exercise bands can increase stability in and around the shoulder joint. Likewise, warm-ups that include arm movements in a circular motion, both forward and backward, will ensure the joints are prepared for a workout, practice, or game and will help athletes avoid injury.

Proper treatment of shoulder pain relies on a proper diagnosis of the cause of the pain. If one of your athletes is experiencing shoulder pain, medical attention should be sought. The doctors at Wisconsin Bone and Joint can assess your athlete’s symptoms and create a customized treatment plan to fit his or her needs. Schedule an appointment today.

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When conservative care and treatment is appropriate, we offer the best, least invasive, least aggressive treatment options to relieve your pain and discomfort. When an injury is more serious and conservative care is not an option, our orthopedic surgeons provide the latest in innovative surgical interventions available with the goal of getting you back to the life you love. Wisconsin Bone & Joint physicians offer orthopedic services at three convenient locations in Mayfair, Glendale and Cedarburg.