Outstanding Treatment for Your Shoulder Injury
Shoulder injuries affect millions of Americans every year, often striking athletes in particular. If you have sustained a shoulder injury, Dr. Aron Rovner serving the New Jersey and New York area can bring relief. Dr. Rovner can provide you with complete diagnostic services and a full range of minimally invasive shoulder surgeries. To find out what is causing your shoulder pain and how it can be treated, contact New York Spine and Sports Surgery today.
The Anatomy of Your Shoulder
Your shoulder is made up of two separate joints, making it one of the most flexible areas of the body. The primary joint in the shoulder is the glenohumeral joint. This ball and socket joint is created by the union of the rounded head of the humerus (upper arm bone) with the depression of the scapula (shoulder bone). A cuff of cartilage, called the labrum, forms the cup of support into which the ball-like head of the humerus fits. In addition to the labrum, the glenohumeral joint is further supported by the rotator cuff, or the tendons and muscles surrounding the shoulder. These tendons are protected by a small sac of fluid called the bursa.
Another important part of the shoulder is the acromioclavical joint, located at the top of the shoulder. The lateral end of the clavicle (collarbone) meets the acronion, or the part of the scapula at the highest point on the shoulder. This flat, gliding joint joint helps to give the shoulder a greater range of movement.
Common Shoulder Injuries
At New York Spine and Sports Surgery, we can treat a wide range of shoulder conditions, including:
- Torn rotator cuffs: Rotator cuff tears are some of the most common shoulder injuries, and are especially likely to affect athletes. A rotator cuff tear can be acute, such as from a fall, or from heavy lifting. Alternatively, tears can be degenerative over a period of time, particularly with repetitive movements. Symptoms include dull pain deep in the shoulder, arm weakness, difficulty sleeping on the affected shoulder, and limited range of motion.
- Shoulder impingement syndrome: When you raise your arms, the shoulder bone can rub against the bursa or the rotator cuff tendons, causing pain and inhibiting a number of daily activities. If left untreated, shoulder impingement can lead to tendonitis (an inflammation of the rotator cuff) or bursitis (an inflammation of the bursa).
- Labral tears: Overuse and falls can cause tearing of the labrum around the head of the humerus. The symptoms of a labral tear include pain, especially when lifting your arms over your head, a grinding feeling in the shoulder, limited range of motion, and muscle weakness.
- Bicep tears: A bicep tear at the shoulder occurs in one of two tendons connecting to your bicep. Symptoms include sudden pain, bruising, muscle weakness, arm cramps, difficulty moving, and a small bump in the upper arm.
- AC injuries: A fall, especially onto an outstretched arm, can damage the acromioclavical joint. Injuries can include mild sprains, shoulder separation, or more seriously, a full dislocation whereby the ligaments are torn and the scapula separates from the clavicle.
- Shoulder Dislocation: Sudden trauma, such as from a fall, can cause the top of your humerus to pop out of its socket. While it is usually easy to reposition the bone, repeated shoulder dislocations can damage the surrounding nerves and lead to permanent muscle weakness.
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If you have sustained a shoulder injury, you deserve effective and lasting treatment. Contact our office today and schedule your consultation with Dr. Rovner.