Every time you move your arm, you’re moving your shoulder too. It’s no wonder then that the shoulder is such an easy injury target. Athletes and “weekend warriors” frequently become victims of injury caused by excessive, repetitive overhead motion such as swimming, tennis, pitching, weightlifting, even such mundane activities as washing the car or hanging curtains. Shoulder injuries are also among the most common work injuries in the country. And the shoulder is a favorite target of a number of “I didn’t do anything” conditions like bursitis, tendonitis, and most notably osteoarthritis.
Although shoulder bone injuries are not uncommon, most shoulder problems involve muscles, ligaments, and tendons. For example: impingement — painful and persistent inflammation caused by excessive rubbing of the shoulder muscles against the top portion of the shoulder blade. Another common condition: rotator cuff injury, accounting for more than half of all shoulder ailments. Such conditions rarely remedy themselves and call for prompt medical intervention in order to prevent more serious injury.
Ascendant orthopedic specialists are highly experienced in diagnosing and treating shoulder problems. Some conditions are effectively treated with rehabilitation therapy. For some patients, surgery, including shoulder joint replacement, may be the most appropriate treatment option.