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Many shoulder injuries are caused by athletic activities that involve excessive, repetitive, overhead motion, such as swimming, tennis, pitching, and weightlifting. But these injuries can also occur during everyday activities such washing walls, hanging curtains, and even gardening.rotator cuff tear indiana, dislocated shoulder indiana, shoulder pain indiana, shoulder treatment indiana, shoulder surgery indiana, shoulder surgeon indiana, rotator cuff tear south bend, dislocated shoulder south bend, shoulder pain south bend, shoulder treatment south bend, shoulder surgery south bend, shoulder surgeon south bend, South Bend Ortho, knee replacement South Bend, knee replacement Indiana, hip replacement surgeon South Bend, hip replacement surgeon Indiana, hip replacement South Bend, hip replacement Indiana, sports medicine South Bend, home remedies for knee pain South Bend, home remedies for knee pain Indiana, orthopedic surgeon South Bend, joint replacement Indiana, knee specialist South Bend, mini hip replacement South Bend, sports medicine specialists Indiana, sports medicine specialists South Bend, hand surgeons South Bend, Shoulder replacement Indiana, Shoulder replacement South Bend

If you are experiencing pain in your shoulder, ask yourself these questions:

  • Is your shoulder stiff? Can you rotate your arm in all the normal positions?

  • Does it feel like your shoulder could pop out or slide out of the socket?

  • Do you lack the strength in your shoulder to carry out your daily activities?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should contact South Bend Orthopaedics for help in determining the severity of the problem. Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons are experts at diagnosing and treating shoulder pain. Our compassionate staff has specific expertise in the broad spectrum of shoulder conditions and uses the latest in surgical and non-surgical techniques.

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Common Conditions

  • AC Separation
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Glenohumeral (Shoulder) Arthritis
  • Labral Tears
  • Multidirectional Instablility
  • Rotator Cuff Impingement
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Trauma

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Rather than bones, many shoulder problems involve the soft tissues, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. A majority of these problems fall into three major categories:

  • Tendinitis/bursitis
  • Injury/instability
  • Arthritis
  • Other much more rare causes of shoulder pain are tumors, infection and nerve-related problems.

Tendinitis

A tendon is a cord which connects muscle to bone or other tissue. Similar to the wearing process on the sole of a shoe which eventually splits from overuse, most tendinitis is a result of the wearing process that takes place over a period of years. Typically, tendinitis is one of several types:

  • Acute tendinitis following some overuse problem such as excessive ball throwing and other sports- or work-related activities.

  • Chronic tendinitis which can be attributed to degenerative disease or repetitive wear and tear due to age.

  • The splitting and tearing of tendons which may result from acute injury or degenerative changes in the tendons due to advancing age. Rotator cuff injuries are among the most common of these disorders. The rotator cuff is composed of muscles and their tendons which provides shoulder motion and stability.

Dislocated Shoulder

If you have a dislocated shoulder, it can either be partially dislocated or fully dislocated. This can happen from falling or from contact sports like rugby or football. A hard hit pulls the arm out of the shoulder socket. It will swell up, become numb and weak, and bruise. A doctor will pop it back into place and then follow up orthopaedic care will be necessary until it regains stability.

Rotator Cuff Tears

As the most flexible joint in the body, the shoulder is capable of performing a wide range of activities. However, with this incredible range of motion, it is at high risk for overuse and the joint is prone to tearing over time causing a great deal of pain. Since a rotator cuff injury stems from a ligament or muscle tear in the shoulder, improper posture and lifting, falling down, or repetitive strarotator cuff tear indiana, dislocated shoulder indiana, shoulder pain indiana, shoulder treatment indiana, shoulder surgery indiana, shoulder surgeon indiana, rotator cuff tear south bend, dislocated shoulder south bend, shoulder pain south bend, shoulder treatment south bend, shoulder surgery south bend, shoulder surgeon south bend, South Bend Ortho, knee replacement South Bend, knee replacement Indiana, hip replacement surgeon South Bend, hip replacement surgeon Indiana, hip replacement South Bend, hip replacement Indiana, sports medicine South Bend, home remedies for knee pain South Bend, home remedies for knee pain Indiana, orthopedic surgeon South Bend, joint replacement Indiana, knee specialist South Bend, mini hip replacement South Bend, sports medicine specialists Indiana, sports medicine specialists South Bend, hand surgeons South Bend, Shoulder replacement Indiana, Shoulder replacement South Bendin on the shoulder can all lead to rotator cuff tears.

A rotator cuff tear is particularly common among those over the age of 40 since this is when collagen does not produce itself as fast in the body and calcium deposits settle in the shoulder joint though it can affect people of any age.

Treating a rotator cuff nonsurgically may be appropriate depending on the severity of the injury. In many cases, the best thing to do is administer RICE (rest from the activity causing the pain, apply ice to the injured area, compress the injured area, and elevate the injured area above the heart to limit blood flow).

When it hurts to sleep on the affected shoulder, lifting the arms is uncomfortable, the pain resides in the dominant arm or the affected shoulder continues to make noises, it is a good idea have a doctor give you an examination.

Bursitis

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Injury/Instability

Sometimes the bones in one of the shoulder joints move (or, in an injury, are forced) out of their normal position. This condition, instability, can result in dislocation of one of the joints in the shoulder. Recurring dislocations, which may be partial or complete, cause pain and unsteadiness when you raise your arm or move it away from your body. When you lift your rm over your head, the shoulder may feel as if it is slipping out of place or an uncomfortable, unusual feeling that some people refer to as having a "dead" arm.

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Shoulder pain may also result from arthritis. There are many types of arthritis, but generally it involves wear and tear changes with inflammation of the joint, causing swelling, pain and stiffness. Arthritis may be attributed to sports or work injuries.

People will often avoid shoulder movements in an attempt to lessen the pain arising from these conditions. Unfortunately, this can lead to a tightening or stiffening of the soft tissue parts of the joint, resulting in a painful restriction of motion.