Shoulder joints are some of the most versatile joints in the body and provide us with the ability to do many activities. With repetitive use, however, this range of motion can lead to shoulder discomfort or pain. Pain is typically caused by instability, inflammation, a fracture, or arthritis.
Symptoms of a possible shoulder condition or injury include:
Pain & stiffness in or around the shoulder joint
Limited shoulder mobility
Difficulty and/or inability to reach overhead
Shoulder joint pain that keeps you awake at night
A popping or grinding feeling when using the afflicted shoulder
Most problems in the shoulder involve the muscles, ligaments, and tendons, rather than the bones. Athletes are especially susceptible to shoulder problems. In many athletes, shoulder problems can develop slowly through repetitive, intensive training routines.
Some people will have a tendency to ignore the pain of a shoulder injury, serving only to aggravate the condition, possibly causing more damage in the process. People also may underestimate the extent of their injury because steady pain, weakness in the arm, or limitation of joint motion can become almost second nature to them.
The rotator cuff is one of the most important components of the shoulder. It is comprised of a group of muscles and tendons that hold the bones of the shoulder joint together. The rotator cuff muscles provide individuals with the ability to lift their arms and reach overhead. When the rotator cuff is injured, people sometimes do not recover the full shoulder function needed to properly participate in an athletic activity.
Whether you’re suffering from a recent injury, such as a rotator cuff tear or shoulder dislocation, or your pain has developed over time, our expert physicians will provide you with the care you need to get you back to doing the things you love.