Approximately seven and a half million people throughout the United States visit an Orthopedic Doctor to treat some form of shoulder pain, each year. This is because of the complexity of your shoulder joints, as they are the most flexible, intricate, and mobile joint your body has. Because of their flexibility, you are able to almost effortlessly perform various activities and movements that help carry you throughout your work and personal life.
Conversely, your shoulder joints are also extremely fragile and the same reasons why they are able to move so fluidly, are also why they are susceptible to pain and injuries. If you injure your shoulder in an accident or experience chronic pain, contact our Atlanta Orthopedic Doctors today to schedule an appointment.
Both of your shoulders are made of three unique bones, which are the:
They also contain connecting ligaments and approximately twenty independent muscles. The Glenohumeral Joint is known as your main shoulder joint and is connected by your Rotator Cuff, which consists of other ligaments and groups of muscles.
Most new patients who seek treatment for shoulder pain do so because of problems with their Rotator Cuffs, which can be caused by trauma, imbalances in your muscles, or by friction of the tissue surrounding your shoulder joint. If you are heavily involved with some sport or exercise routine that requires repetitive use of your shoulders, such as tennis or golf, overuse can cause your muscles to become overly strained or even tear.
However, if you are also the type to find yourself slouching throughout your day, perhaps because of your occupation, you are also at risk for developing imbalances in your shoulder muscles, which can lead to joint dysfunction.
This can take place when one or more of the Rotator Cuff tendons that hold your arm in place become inflamed or torn by some injury or overuse. Because of this, pain and limitation of normal motion can eventually develop, if left untreated. Depending on the extent of the condition, symptoms range from slight catching or pain to the complete inability to use your arm.
Another common condition that’s typically found among middle age women is called Frozen Shoulder. This debilitating condition occurs when the ligaments and tendons of the Glenohumeral Joint become so irritated that adhesions begin to develop, causing the joint to become stuck together.
This tends to result in significant limitation of shoulder motion and surging pain that makes it difficult for some individuals to execute even the most basic functions, like getting dressed or opening a car door. If left untreated, Frozen Shoulder can take several years to resolve and create permanent damage.
Orthopedic treatment for most shoulder conditions tends to utilize only a handful of techniques. Your Orthopedic Doctor will need to correct the imbalance of muscle tissue with either a soft tissue massage or electrotherapy modalities to properly restore mobility to the shoulder joints and adjust any misalignments that are connected to your spine. Most Orthopedists will also recommend some unique form of rehabilitative exercises that help support the recovery process.
Our staff of professional, fully-accredited Orthopedists makes scheduling an appointment easy with 24/7 access and same-day appointments. If you are suffering from hip pain or a particular condition, leaving it untreated will cause your pain to continue and might lead to long-term ailments. Talk to one of our licensed Orthopedists by calling (404) 855-2141 today.