Shoulder Injuries

Information About Shoulder Injuries

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Shoulder Injuries Caused By AccidentsInformation About Shoulder InjuriesThe shoulder is one of the most movable and mobile joints in the body. Whether it’s swinging a golf club, shooting a basketball, combing your hair, brushing your teeth, or pouring a glass of milk we rely heavily on our shoulders in everyday life. However, the flexibility, versatility and mobility of the shoulder is source of instability.

The things that make the shoulder so useful and important also make it vulnerable to injury. The shoulder is susceptible to the following injuries and conditions: fractures, tears, separations, dislocations, sprains, strains, arthritis and tendinitis.

The shoulder is comprised of three main bones. The humerus (upper arm bone), Scapula (shoulder blade) and Clavicle (collar bone) all merge to form a ball-and-socket joint. The end of the humerus (also known as the humeral head) meets with the scapula. The scapula in turn joins with the clavicle. These three bones are connected by ligaments.

Shoulder muscles are connected to these bones by tendons. Tendons provide additional stability and the muscles allow the shoulder to move and rotate. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that provide this stability and facilitate movement.

The labrum (glenoid labrum) is a cuff of cartilage that lines the shoulder socket. The labrum stabilizes the ball-and-socket shoulder joint by keeping the ball (humeral head) in the socket (scapula).

The shoulder is a complex structure made up of many moving parts. The shoulder’s range of motion and versatility puts great strain on the bones, tendons, cartilage, muscles and ligaments that comprise the shoulder. As a result, these structures are susceptible to injuries.

The following are examples of common shoulder injuries:

  • Broken bones and fractures. The clavicle (collar bone), proximal humerus or humeral head and scapula (shoulder blade) are susceptible to fractures.
  • Soft-tissue injuries involve tearing of ligaments, muscles, tendons and cartilage. Rotator cuff tears and labral tears are the most common soft tissue injuries.

Dislocations occur when the bones are knocked loose from joints. The following three joints are prone to dislocation:

  • Dislocated acromioclavicular joint. This the collar bone joint. This type of dislocation is also known as a “separated shoulder.”
  • Dislocated sternoclavicular joint. The clavicle and sternum (breastbone) connect to form this joint.
  • Dislocated glenohumeral joint. This is typically referred to as the the ball and socket joint of the shoulder. This joint can be dislocated at the front or toward the back.

The following are common shoulder injuries and conditions:

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