Sports Injuries Affecting the Shoulder

As an athlete, it’s common to experience shoulder instability or injury; our orthopedic surgeons are here to help.  Athletes who engage in activities involving excessive, repetitive overhead motion are more prone to shoulder injuries, though sometimes your shoulder might be injured in a single, violent incident.

As an athlete, it’s common to experience shoulder instability or injury; our orthopedic surgeons are here to help.

Some shoulder injuries can be treated successfully using physical therapy but others require surgery. Some common shoulder arthroscopy and reconstruction/repairs include:

Rotator Cuff Repair

Tendons and muscles that power the shoulder frequently acquire tears either by trauma or weakening over time.  Rotator cuff tears can be repaired arthroscopically, using a small scope or camera inserted through tiny incisions. This is most often an outpatient surgery, not requiring an overnight stay at the hospital.

Biceps Tendon Surgeries

The biceps tendon can some times develop a wear and tear injury, which causes pain. It can happen in conjunction with a rotator cuff tear.

Shoulder Instability

Whether caused by sports or trauma, instability of the shoulder can cause a patient to fell that their shoulder slips out of place or even fully dislocates, coming out of the socket. Oftentimes these difficult shoulder problems can be repaired with arthroscopic surgery to repair the instability.

Labrum Tears

The ring of cartilage surrounding your shoulder socket is called the labrum. Athletes who participate in throwing or overhead sports often tear their shoulder labrum, though it can also happen as a result of trauma. These tears can be very painful and often require surgery, which can be done arthroscopically, using a small scope and camera.

AC Joint Dislocation and Arthritis

The acromioclavicular (AC) joint is where the collarbone meets the shoulder blade. It is frequently injured by athletes while skiing or mountain biking and is also prone to arthritis. If this joint is dislocated or unstable, surgery can be performed to stabilize the joint or to treat a painful and arthritic AC joint.

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