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Shoulder Care

The shoulder is a marvelous joint, representing a compromise between mobility and stability. While the shoulder must be mobile enough to allow ample arm movement, it also must be stable enough to permit the lifting and manipulation of objects. Due to this compromise, shoulder joints often suffer from problems not encountered with the hips. The medical experts at Onto Orthopedics can treat many types of rotator cuff tears, instability, and other varieties of shoulder joint damage. Please see the following articles to learn more or visit our "contact us" page.

Shoulder Injury Treatment- Plano and Dallas

shoulderThe 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. Onto Orthopedics offers various minimally invasive in-office and arthroscopic surgical solutions to help repair should injuries. The following are some common injuries and some of the solutions we offer:

  • 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.

Shoulder Injury Diagnostics

A shoulder surgeon can help repair shoulder issuesMany experts argue that humans’ bipedal motion helped propel us to the top of the food chain thousands of years ago. In fact, our two-legged walk may have given us improved endurance over our nearest 4-legged competitors. It may be no coincidence that many megafauna (like the mammoth) became extinct around the time we began to hunt them.1 As a consequence, our arms and shoulders began to take on other functions that require a larger range of motion. Such a change necessitated a compromise that increased flexibility and decreased stability of the shoulder joint. Dallas shoulder surgeons today provide an invaluable service by restoring functionality to your damaged shoulders.

When examining your shoulder joints, a shoulder surgeon will typically manipulate the joint and check for common symptoms. These may include popping, soreness, redness, and a reduced range of motion of the joint. The surgeon may also ask about any accidents or injuries you’ve sustained in the past. For example, shoulder dislocations may increase your risk of future shoulder problems.2 By providing a detailed history, you can help point our team in the right direction from the beginning.

Shoulder Twinge Treatments- Exercises and More

Seek treatment for shoulder injuries!Shoulder injuries are can occur frequently in athletes whose sport involves exorbitant, continuous, overhead motion of the shoulders like swimming [1], tennis, baseball, pitching (throwing) [2]. Daily activities like gardening, washing, hanging, lifting etc. can also lead to shoulder injuries. Take care that you don’t overlook any type of injury to the shoulder even if it begins with mild pain or discomfort. You may not realize it if this minor discomfort boils down to major chronic issue. Hence, early diagnosis is important in order to prevent grievous shoulder injury.

The shoulder joint is a complex joint comprised of different bones, muscles and ligaments. Due to its complexity, it can get injured in multiple ways. There are different types of shoulder injuries such as a rotator cuff tear, fracture of the collarbone, clavicular fracture, shoulder joint dislocation, fracture of the neck of the humerus, etc. These can give you a sharp pain or twinge in the shoulder region, taking away the free swinging motion of your arms.

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