Rotator Cuff Tears

The shoulder is the most flexible joint in the body. The shoulder has a greater range of motion than any other joint. The shoulder is also the most complex joint in our body. It is capable of providing stable motion due to a delicate relationship of the muscles, tendons and bones which comprise the shoulder. Also termed the glenohumeral joint, the shoulder is a ball and socket joint. The upper part of the humerus represents the humeral head or the ball. The glenoid, or socket is part of the scapula.

Many types of injuries can affect the shoulder due to the complex structure of the shoulder. Sports injuries, chronic repetitive stress or accidents, and falls can cause shoulder pain. Even simple repetitive tasks such as painting, housecleaning, and gardening can cause our shoulder to hurt.

Possible signs of a serious shoulder injury

  • unusual shoulder weakness
  • the shoulder feels like it is "catching"
  • the shoulder feels loose and capable of dislocating

Many bone, tendon, ligament or labral (cartilage) tears around the shoulder are best treated shortly after an injury. We recommend an orthopedic surgeon check shoulder pain if any of the following are true:

  • after any severe injury
  • if shoulder pain began after simple repetitive tasks, or without any obvious injury
  • if shoulder pain is interfering with your quality of life

Read more about shoulder anatomy, injuries and treatment:

Shoulder Anatomy Video

This is one of the best shoulder anatomy videos around.   Once you have a better understanding of the anatomy of the shoulder then you can start to explore what might be wrong with it. … continue reading

What are the most common causes of shoulder pain?

Common Causes of Shoulder Pain; Shoulder pain is extremely common across all age spectrums.  Different *problems* arise in different age groups.  As we age, our tissues change. In children the cartilage of the shoulder  is … continue reading

Shoulder dislocation

Shoulder Dislocation

The shoulder is a ball and socket joint.  A shoulder dislocation occurs when the ball falls off the socket.  Shoulder dislocations occur from a fall, or as an injury during contact sports.  When the shoulder … continue reading

Other shoulder injuries & treatment info

Calcific Tendonitis — What is it?

Calcific tendonitis of the shoulder is a very painful condition. Because of the pain, patients  suffering from calcific tendonitis are easy to identify in the office.  They look tired, and they look like they are in severe pain. … continue reading

Labrum Tears of The Shoulder [Updated] [Video]

Labral tears of the shoulder are very common.  Tearing of the labrum can be found in shoulders of all age groups.  Some labral tears occur from an injury.  Pitching or overhead sports can cause labral tears … continue reading

Shoulder Cartilage Defects….

Cartilage defects are a potentially serious issue in any joint.  A large enough defect can lead to pain, catching, snapping, instability and potentially osteoarthritis, even at a young age. In this particular case, the labrum … continue reading

My shoulder snaps and pops and I hear clicking … why?

Snapping shoulder Shoulder snapping or popping is a very common problem.  The shoulder is a very complex joint so there are many structures that can snap, pop or click when injured or inflamed.   The … continue reading

I have been told I have a frozen shoulder… what is that?

I have completely updated this post … please refer to this post on Frozen Shoulder A frozen shoulder is simply a phrase we use for a shoulder joint that does not move normally.  There is … continue reading