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Shoulder Injuries

Wisconsin River Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy located in Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Millions of Americans experience shoulder pain every year. While some minor shoulder issues heal on their own, in many cases, you need treatment from the team at Wisconsin River Orthopaedics. They provide state-of-the-art diagnostics and personalized treatment plans at their office in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. If you have shoulder pain that limits your movement or ability to complete day-to-day tasks, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

Shoulder Injuries Q & A

What are common shoulder injuries?

Your shoulders are complex joints. Your humerus (upper arm), scapula (shoulder blade), and clavicle (collarbone) meet and are held together by a network of muscles, tendons, and ligaments (known collectively as your rotator cuff). It allows an extensive range of motion but increases your risk of injury.

Common shoulder injuries include:

  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Impingement
  • Dislocation
  • Labral tear 
  • Fracture
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Frozen shoulder

Athletes and people with careers or hobbies that require repetitive movements have a higher chance of injuring a shoulder. However, anyone can injure their shoulder during a traumatic sports or automobile accident or a fall. 

What are the warning signs of shoulder injuries?

Pain is the most obvious sign of a shoulder injury. Depending on the injury, you might have sudden sharp pain or your pain might develop slowly. 

Shoulder injuries also often reduce your range of motion. You might not be able to raise your arm above your head or reach for your toothbrush. Your shoulder might feel stiff or unstable. It might also make clicking, popping, or grinding sounds when you move.

You should make an appointment at Wisconsin River Orthopaedics if you have shoulder pain that limits your movement, keeps you awake at night, or interferes with your regular activities. 

How are shoulder injuries diagnosed?

The orthopaedic surgeons at Wisconsin River Orthopaedics provide comprehensive exams to diagnose and evaluate your shoulder. They test your strength, flexibility, and range of motion to see how your injury affects your movement.

Wisconsin River Orthopaedics also offers in-office, state-of-the-art diagnostic testing, including open MRIs, X-rays, and arthroscopic surgery. 

How are shoulder injuries treated?

Your orthopaedic team creates a customized treatment plan to address your shoulder injury. Depending on your individual needs, your plan may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medicine
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Moist heat and cold therapy
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Ultrasound, iontophoresis, and electrical stimulation

In severe cases, you might need more invasive treatments, including shoulder replacement surgery and operations to repair torn rotator cuffs or labrum. 

If you have shoulder pain that interferes with your quality of life or ability to take care of yourself or your family, call Wisconsin River Orthopaedics or make an appointment online today.