Understanding Shoulder Labral Tear Shoulder glenoid labrum injuries are common in sports where repetitive overhead movements and physical contact are present. The shoulder has more range of motion than any joint in the human body. It’s constructed of a very shallow ball socket joint, which makes it vulnerable to injury. The three bones that make […]
The shoulder is the most dynamic and movable joint in the body. Shoulder injuries are frequently caused by athletic activities that involve excessive, repetitive, overhead motion, such as swimming, tennis, pitching, and weightlifting. Injuries can also occur during everyday activities such washing walls, hanging curtains, and gardening. Unfortunately, this range of motion can also lead to instability. To remain in a stable or normal position, the shoulder must be anchored by muscles, tendons and ligaments. Because the shoulder can be unstable, it is the site of many common problems.
Referred shoulder pain is a condition in which pain is experienced in the shoulder area although it originates a different area of the body, commonly in the neck or spine. Perhaps the most commonly known example of referred pain is the pain experienced in the left arm during a heart attack.
Supraspinatus tendonitis is a common injury in many sports that include aggressive overhead movements. The supraspinatus is a muscle located on the top of the shoulder blade or scapula, which mechanically connects the upper arm (humerus) to the scapula. Inadequate dynamic muscle balance, overuse, and poor range of motion prior to physical activities are all causes of supraspinatus tendonitis. Sports commonly associated with supraspinatus tendonitis are weight lifting, swimming, baseball, tennis, and racquetball. Any rapid overhead motion, and especially those where resistance against this movement is involved, are activities which put the supraspinatus at risk of injury.
Older athletes are more prone to suffer from the frozen shoulder syndrome, also referred to as adhesive capsulitis. Frozen shoulder is a condition that affects the shoulder joint capsule; a fibrous covering of the synovial lining of the shoulder joint. When the capsule becomes inflamed, it results in pain and significant stiffness of the joint. Due to these symptoms, the athlete quickly demonstrates a characteristic limitation in the range of motion of the shoulder.
Proximal biceps brachii tendon ruptures (bicep rupture) are more common than most would assume. High intensity athletes, especially in contact sports, are prone to this injury. This injury is commonly linked to high force weight lifting activities with determined athletes trying to get to the top of their game. Learn more about a bicep rupture!
Understanding Shoulder Bursitis The subacromial bursa is a thin sac-like structure that is located just under the acromioclavicular or AC joint of the shoulder. The bursa lies over the top of the rotator cuff. The bursa acts as a lubricating buffer between the rotator cuff and the undersurface of the lateral clavicle and acromion process […]
A friend of one of our coaches came to see me yesterday with left shoulder pain. He had shoulder issues with his right arm last year that I helped him resolve so I’m taking it as a compliment that he came back to see me when the left shoulder caused him problems! His medical case […]
As I came up with the title of this article I actually laughed out loud. With the amount of information on and diversity of options about rotator cuff injuries, “surviving” the information tsunami is quite appropriate. Rotator cuff symptoms can vary based on the degree and location of the injury. Meanwhile, I was secretly hoping […]
If you are experiencing general shoulder pain and want to return to exercising your shoulders or reduce your shoulder soreness, this article is written for you. Today I’m not going to address any one injury or diagnosis. Instead I’m excited to share my general philosophies for shoulder treatment along with exercises that may save you […]
Shoulder dislocation is an all too common an injury for many sports with both men and women. Although it can happen in any direction, approximately 90% of these dislocations are in an anterior or forward direction. With a shoulder dislocation, the head of the humerus (upper arm bone) is forced anterior from it’s shallow joint […]
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