Shoulder and Elbow
Common Injuries of the Shoulder
The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body, but because of this flexibility, it is not very stable and is easily injured.
A dislocated shoulder means the upper arm bone called the humerus has moved out of the shoulder joint. It can cause pain, swelling, numbness and difficulty moving the shoulder.
Tendonitis of your shoulder is an inflammation of your rotator cuff or biceps tendon. Your rotator cuff consists of the muscles and tendons in your shoulder. They connect your upper arm bone to your shoulder blade.
Rotator Cuff Injury
Your rotator cuff allows you to life your arms and reach upward. The rotator cuff is at risk for injury or degeneration due to repetitive activities. Rest, strengthening and stretching exercises and other therapies can help treat a rotator cuff injury.
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Cubital tunnel syndrome happens when the ulnar nerve, which passes through the inside of the elbow, is injured and becomes inflamed, swollen, and irritated.The pain of cubital tunnel syndrome feels like the pain you feel when you hit your "funny bone."
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is swelling of the tendons that bend your wrist backward away from your palm. It often develops from the force of the tennis racket hitting balls in the backhand position. It can also develop from other repetitive movements.
Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer's and Baseball Elbow)
Other activities that can cause this condition include carrying a heavy suitcase, chopping wood, and using a chainsaw.
Burners and Stingers Syndrome in Young Athletes
Burners and stingers syndrome is usually caused by an injury during practice or competition. The most typical injury happens when a youngster falls or takes a blow to the neck or shoulder.
When you have a shoulder separation injury, trauma damages the ligaments surrounding your acromioclavicular (AC) joint. This is where your collarbone (clavicle) meets your shoulder blade (scapula). If your injury is severe, part of your shoulder blade actually separates from your collarbone.