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Common Shoulder Injuries Explained

Common Shoulder Injuries Explained

Our bodies are very delicate and complicated machines that are vulnerable to damage. Any part of our body can be hurt. Shoulder injuries are very common. More than 7.5 million people saw a doctor obtain treatment for a shoulder injury in 2006 alone. Shoulder injuries can develop from repetitive use, trauma from an accident, or from underlying medical conditions. Injuries to the shoulder are not only painful, but they are also inconvenient. Stiffness, weakness, and reduced range of motion in the shoulder make it very difficult to do daily activities and tasks.

What Are The Most Common Shoulder Injuries?

  • A dislocated shoulder occurs when your arm bone comes out of the socket. The result is pain, swelling, weakness, and reduced mobility of the shoulder. Dislocated shoulder injuries are very common because they can occur in many situations including accidents, during sports, or in a fall. When your shoulder experiences an impact that pushes it so far back that you feel immense pain and have difficulty moving your arm, you should have a medical professional examine your injury and provide you with treatment immediately. If you think that your injury is a dislocated shoulder, keep your arm as stationary as possible and try not to move it if possible. Doing so could exacerbate your injury.
  • The soft tissues of muscles and tendons that make up the rotator cuff are what provide the shoulder with strength and stability. As with any soft tissue, the risk for tearing exists. Rotator cuff injuries cause tenderness which makes it hard to put any pressure on the shoulder, so sleeping on one’s side is difficult. These injuries also cause stiffness, weakness in the joints, decreased range of motion in the joint and will make a clicking or popping sound when there is movement. You also may experience joint catching during movements. Rotator cuff injuries can be from partial tears in the tissues or a complete tear where the tissues are shredded straight through. These injuries may go unnoticed when they occur, and if they are not properly treated they will get worse. It is important to see a doctor if you experience any of the symptoms of a rotator cuff injury.
  • The scapula, clavicle, and humerus are the bones that make up the shoulder. The impact of a car accident, or if you fall and smash into the ground has the potential to fracture or break any of these bones.

Even minor shoulder injuries can interfere significantly in your daily life. Treatment can include surgery, regular office visits for cortisone injections, the need for anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy. It can days to more than a month to fully heal depending on the severity of your injury. Some shoulder injuries will result in long-term discomfort and chronic stiffness.

Have You Been Injured In An Arizona Car Accident?

Common Shoulder Injuries ExplainedIf you were injured in a car accident or a slip-and-fall on another entities’ property, it is important that you obtain compensation to help you cover your medical expenses. At ELG, we know how important proper treatment for injuries is for a successful recovery, which is why our Phoenix automobile accident injury attorneys are aggressive in fighting on behalf of victims who are injured by other’s negligence. The Phoenix serious injury attorneys at ELG do not take any payment unless we win your case.

Call the bilingual, Spanish-speaking Arizona personal injury attorneys at ELG today at (623) 877-3600 to schedule your completely free consulation.