The shoulder has the widest range of motion of any joint in your body. Unfortunately, this high range of motion makes it easier to injure your shoulders. Minor shoulder aches and pains are common, however certain symptoms might be indicators of more serious shoulder problems. Symptoms of more severe shoulder injury include swelling, numbness, tingling, weakness, or a reduction in your range of motion. Often, basic self-treatments can reduce shoulder pain or stiffness.
When home treatment fails to relieve your pain, you might have a more serious shoulder issue. Typically these problems come in two types, acute and overuse injuries. Acute injuries might occur from falling on the associated arm, a direct hit to the shoulder, or an overextension of the shoulder joint. On the other hand, overuse injuries might only become obvious after a long while, especially if shoulder soreness is common in your daily routine.
- Acute Shoulder Injuries- Some types of acute injuries include: Sprains to the shoulder ligaments, bruises, pulled muscles or strains, ligament damage, a torn rotator cuff (where tendons covering the shoulder joint are damaged), shoulder separation, and fractures to the shoulder bones. Nerve and blood vessel damage is typically indicated by a tingly feeling, numbness, a drop in arm temperature, weakness in the arm or discoloration.
- Overuse Shoulder Injuries- Overuse injuries are often indicated by inflammation of the pocket of fluid in the joint area (bursitis), inflammation of shoulder tendons (tendinitis), a muscle strain, or a stiff or frozen shoulder.
- Potential Treatments- Minor injuries can be treated with rest, elevation, ice, and compression. More severe issues might require surgery (Dr. Shawn Hayden performs some of the latest arthroscopic surgical techniques which often allow a faster recovery).
- Rotator Cuff Repair- Onto Orthopedics offers comprehensive care for rotator cuff injuries. If severe, Dr. Hayden might perform arthroscopic shoulder surgery to help treat your shoulder pain and improve mobility. In many cases, he can remove debris or bone spurs that could be impeding the movement of your shoulder joint.
How We Can Help
When home treatments fail, give our orthopedic team a call to learn about more treatment options. Dr. Hayden, our board certified orthopedic surgeon will begin with a physical exam of your shoulder when you arrive. He will manipulate the shoulder joint to determine any obvious issues. If an issue cannot be determined definitively, Dr. Hayden might request additional diagnostic tests. Our practice maintains a direct radiography x-ray machine as well as an ultrasound device for your convenience. Whatever Dr. Hayden uncovers, he takes a conservative approach to treatment to help produce a high quality outcome. Contact our office if you suspect a more serious injury and we will help get you on the path to less pain and more motion.