Shoulder Joint Pain and Treatment
The shoulder areas are definitely susceptible to everyday injuries. Consistently carrying heavy purses, reaching or working above your head, sometimes even sleeping wrong, can all cause problems. Add to that sports injuries caused by repetitive or excessive overhead motion like throwing, swimming, weightlifting or tennis, and it’s no wonder between seven and eight million people see their doctors each year for shoulder problems.
Our DFP shoulder orthopaedic surgeons are specialists and can diagnose and correct shoulder problems accurately and quickly. Sometimes therapy is all you need, and sometimes orthopaedic surgery is necessary. Our physicians will use x-rays, CAT scans, MRIs and other tests to determine the scope of the injury and the best course of action to take.
Common Symptoms of a Shoulder Injury
Orthopaedic surgeons group shoulder injuries into two categories – instability and impingement. Instability occurs when one of the shoulder joints gets moved out of its normal position. This can result in dislocation of one the shoulder joints. The second category is impingement. This occurs when the shoulder muscles rub against the top part of the shoulder blade. Most problems with the shoulders involve the soft tissues including muscles, tendons and ligaments rather than the bones. If you are experiencing pain in your shoulder, there could be many reasons.
Some signs to look for are stiffness, lack of ability to rotate your arm in all the normal directions, lack of strength, and the feeling that the joint is going to pop out of the socket. A rotator cuff is made up of muscles and tendons. It holds the shoulder joint together and allows you to lift your arm overhead. With a rotator cuff injury, you will feel pain when you lift your arm above your head. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, consult one of our shoulder orthopaedic doctors in Kansas City to see if you need orthopaedic surgery. Our physicians are some of the best orthopaedic specialists in the country.
If you have any of these symptoms, make an appointment with one of our orthopaedic surgeons. He or she will perform a complete physical exam. Our orthopedists are specifically trained to diagnose and treat problems involving muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones, and joints. If surgery is necessary for a shoulder injury, you are in good hands. Drisko, Fee and Parkins orthopaedic surgeons are experts at joint injuries, joint replacement and joint reconstruction. From simple therapy to complicated surgery, our physicians know exactly what it takes to get you moving again.