Shoulder Injury Types

Shoulder Injury TypesThe shoulder is a complex part of the body, made up of bones, muscles, and tendons. Like any injury, a shoulder injury can be very painful. Shoulder injuries are mostly caused from strain or repetitive movement. The most shoulder injuries occur from sports-related activity such as tennis, swimming, baseball, and football. There are a few different types of should injuries:

Rotator Cuff

A common shoulder injury is the rotator cuff which is an inflammation or injury in one of the main tendons located in the shoulder. Rotator cuff injuries can result from bursitis, tendinitis, or strain caused by repeating an overhead lifting motion. This type of shoulder injury can also happen from a fall with injury to the shoulder or from bad posture. If left untreated, a rotator cuff strain can result in a full rotator cuff tear which could require surgery.

Dislocated Shoulder

A dislocated shoulder is a result of pulling or pushing that has caused the shoulder to be out of place. This could be caused by a fall on the shoulder when the arm is outstretched or extended. Damage to the shoulder’s muscles or tendons may be a result of putting the shoulder back into place after dislocation.

Tendinitis

Tendinitis is most common in shoulders. Tendinitis can occur in the shoulder is overused, this can occur gradually by doing everyday activities or playing sports. Tendinitis is inflammation of the tough, ropy fibers that connect muscles to bones in joints. This causes stiffness and pain within the joint. If tendinitis is severe and leads to rupture of a tendon, you may need surgery to repair the damage.

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulders can occur when you stop using the joint normally because of pain or injury to the shoulder. Stiffness and pain can slowly cause frozen shoulder because the tissues around the shoulder stiffen, scar tissue forms, and shoulder movements become difficult and painful. Any shoulder problem can lead to frozen shoulder if you do not work to keep the range of motion in the shoulder while healing from an injury. Frozen shoulder occurs:

  • After surgery or injury.
  • Most often in people 40 to 70 years old.
  • More often in women (especially in postmenopausal women) than in men.
  • Most often in people with chronic diseases (diabetes or arthritis).

Shoulder Fracture

The bones that make up the shoulder can be fractured due to a blunt force or fall on a hard surface. Fractures are either described as being displaced or non-displaced. This implies that the broken pieces remain near their anatomic position and treatment merely requires immobilization in a sling until the bone fragments heal. Most shoulder fractures heal in about six weeks. Shoulder fractures that are displaced, may require some type of manipulation to restore normal anatomy. If the rotator cuff was damaged during the incident, this would complicate the treatment. If you have a shoulder injury because of someone else’s negligence or recklessness, contact Christensen & Hymas for a free confidential consultation to discuss your legal options at (801) 506-0800. We have competent and experienced lawyers to get you the compensation that you deserve for the pain and suffering you have endured. Learn more about shoulder injuries on our “Shoulder Injuries” page.

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