Shoulder injuries can be quite painful and debilitating. They can occur due to overuse, trauma, or degenerative conditions. Treatment for these injuries depends on the severity and type of injury. Repetitive overhead movement or lifting heavy objects can lead to shoulder injuries such as rotator cuff tears and tendinitis. Injuries resulting from falls, motor vehicle accidents, or sports activities can cause a range of shoulder conditions. As we age, our tendons and ligaments become weaker, which can cause tears and injuries. Arthritis can also cause shoulder pain and discomfort.
Typical shoulder injuries are: rotator cuff tear (Tearing of tendons and muscles in the rotator cuff, making it difficult to lift or rotate the arm), shoulder dislocation (Occurs when the humerus bone pops out of the shoulder blade, often caused by trauma or overuse), labral tears (Tearing of the labrum or cartilage that surrounds the shoulder joint, causing instability and pain), shoulder tendinitis (Inflammation of the tendons in the shoulder, causing pain and discomfort).
Our orthopaedic specialists use a variety of diagnostic tests to determine the type and severity of shoulder injuries including x-rays, ultrasound and MRI. Severe shoulder injuries may require surgical intervention. The type of surgery will depend on the type and severity of the injury.