Shoulder injuries is a mixture of damage to muscles, ligaments, joints or nerves around your shoulder. First we must establish the extent of the damage to the soft tissue, then we can start treating it.
Here’s some common shoulder injuries and how we treat them – from dislocated shoulders to muscle tears. These are the different types of structures in your shoulders and problems they might get. We’ve also included some do’s & don’ts on how to tend to your injury at home.
Most injuries don’t happen in isolation. In most cases, we find 2 to 3 structures at the root of a problem. It’s also common to find more than one injury. To illustrate an example: With a dislocated shoulder we typically find 3 sprained ligaments, 4 muscle injuries, as well as 2 tendon injuries.
When diagnosing patient problems, we determine the extent of the damage and focus our treatment on that. The general progression of problems stems from these underlying structures (generally in this order):