The shoulder is the most flexible joint in the human body. It is the reason your arm can rotate and throw a ball. It is made up of several bones, muscles, ligaments and cartilages.
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Injuries to the shoulder are often due to repetitive overuse of the shoulder joint or a traumatic injury. Athletes, such as baseball players, are especially prone to shoulder conditions and injuries.
When you experience a traumatic or long-term injury to the shoulder, the physical therapists with Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Rehabilitation can help heal your shoulder pain and get you back to a healthy, active lifestyle.
Causes of Shoulder Pain
Below are the most common shoulder injuries and conditions:
- Rotator cuff tear. This injury occurs when the rotator cuff tendon (located in the middle of the shoulder — allows for your shoulder to rotate) is torn or torn away from the shoulder bone. Rotator cuff injuries are very common in sports like baseball, especially pitchers.
- Bicep tendinitis. This injury occurs when the tendons of the bicep (front of upper arm) become inflamed or irritated due to overuse.
- Rotator cuff tendinitis (shoulder impingement). This injury occurs when the tendons located in the middle of the shoulder become inflamed or irritated due to overuse.
- Shoulder osteoarthritis. This condition, which often affects older adults, occurs when the shoulder joint becomes painful and stiff, due to overuse.
- Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis). This injury occurs when the shoulder capsule (strong connective tissue that surrounds the shoulder joint) becomes tight and makes your shoulder difficult to move.
- Humeral fracture. This injury is a break in the top of the upper arm bone due to a traumatic injury.
- Shoulder dislocation. This injury occurs when the upper arm bone is separated from the shoulder socket due to traumatic injury.
- Shoulder bursitis. Bursa are small, jelly-filled sacs that are located in between your bones to help protect them and keep them from rubbing together. When the bursas of your shoulder become inflamed (irritated) due to overuse, it can cause pain.
Treatments for Shoulder Pain
When you experience chronic shoulder pain or a traumatic injury to your shoulder, our specialists will evaluate if nonsurgical treatments through Spartanburg Regional Rehabilitation Services will help heal your pain.
Examples of nonsurgical treatments include wearing a cast or brace, taking anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections, doing physical therapy exercises or resting the injury.
When shoulder surgery is necessary, we create a comprehensive, individualized plan for you. This plan will prepare you for surgery, as well as help you achieve successful rehabilitation after surgery. Rehabilitation services are provided throughout your hospital stay, as well as after you return home.
Talk to your doctor about a referral to physical or occupational therapy. With the referral, we can schedule you for an evaluation right away and together take the first steps towards improvement or recovery.
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