Most people will suffer from some type of pain or discomfort in the shoulder region of their bodies. Some may brush symptoms of shoulder pain aside, attributing their discomfort to a pulled or overstretched muscle. However, chronic shoulder issues should not be taken lightly and a proper medical review of any physical ailments should be done immediately to diagnose serious injuries. Here is a list of common shoulder injuries that many people experience.
Out of all the major joints throughout the body, the shoulder joint is the most common area of dislocation. A dislocated shoulder typically occurs due to a sudden jerking of the arm, overpowering the muscle fibers, which causes the upper portion of the arm bone to be pulled from its socket. Dislocation can also occur due to a hard fall or blow, which would also cause the upper arm bone to pop out of the shoulder socket.
Not to be confused with a dislocated shoulder, a shoulder separation occurs when the ligaments holding the shoulder joints together are torn. This injury occurs around the collarbone and shoulder blade, and torn ligaments can lead to the separation or misalignment of these two bones. A hard blow or awkwardly landing on an outstretched hand are the most common causes of this type of should injury.
Experiencing tendinitis or bursitis in the shoulder area is commonly referred to as rotator cuff disease. The rotator cuff can experience swelling, soreness or inflammation around the tendons, which is referred to as tendinitis of the shoulder. Bursitis refers to inflammation of the bursa sacs that protect the shoulder, which typically accompanies tendinitis.
A fractured shoulder is typically the result of forced trauma upon the shoulder. A common manner of fracturing the shoulder is when it is used to brace oneself for a fall. In most cases, the collarbone and upper arm bone are the affected areas.
Frozen shoulder is a type of shoulder injury where the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the shoulder become so stiff, normal movement is severely limited and extremely painful when any type of motion is possible. Frozen shoulder is typically caused by an injury or condition that leads to lack of use of the shoulder muscles due to extreme pain. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), those suffering from diabetes, stroke, lung disease, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, or have been in an accident are at a higher risk for frozen shoulder.