A shoulder injury may be acute or chronic depending on when it is diagnosed and the duration for which the shoulder pain has persisted. An acute shoulder injury may occur by way of direct impact, overstretching of a muscle, tendon or ligament, overuse of a muscle or tendon, or twisting of the shoulder joint.
Outstanding, dedicated, and board certified orthopedic surgeons at the Thomas & Bigler Knee & Shoulder Institute provide treatments for shoulder pain to patients in Las Vegas, Nevada, and surrounding communities and cities in this part of The Silver State.
Glenoid Labrum Tear
The glenoid labrum refers to a fibrous ring of tissue that is attached to the rim of the glenoid shallow hole or socket of the shoulder blade where the ball of the humerus or arm bone sits.
A dislocated shoulder is a common injury that is typically painful and traumatic. Contact sports or a fall are the common causes of this condition.
AC Joint Separation
An AC joint sprain or AC joint separation refers to an injury occurring in the ligament that holds the acromioclavicular joint together at the top of the shoulder. A fall onto an outstretched arm will often cause this injury.
Frozen shoulder, clinically known as adhesive capsulitis, refers to a condition that causes pain and restricts movement in the shoulder joint.
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Impingement syndrome is sometimes called swimmer’s shoulder or thrower’s shoulder. If the tendons of the rotator cuff become impinged as they pass through the shoulder joint, this condition may occur.
This is not an injury itself, but a symptom of another condition. It is where the shoulder blade protrudes out on the back, rather than laying flat against the back of the chest wall.
Deltoid Muscle Strain
An injured deltoid muscle can cause pain at the front, side or back of the shoulder.
A clavicle contusion, commonly known as a bruised collarbone, may occur due to a direct impact to the collar bone at the front of the chest or shoulder.
Shoulder subluxation or shoulder instability is caused when partial dislocation of the shoulder occurs. The shoulder joint by its nature allows a large range of movement which means it is likely to be less stable.
The subscapularis is a strong muscle that rotates the arm inwards and is part of the rotator cuff group of muscles. A thrower may typically sustain this injury, which can be stubborn to treat.
This is a degenerative condition of any of the tendons surrounding the shoulder joint. It often occurs in the rotator cuff tendons, but may sometimes occur in the biceps and triceps tendons.
Posterior Shoulder Dislocation
This is a rare shoulder injury as most shoulder dislocations are anterior. A posterior dislocation of the shoulder occurs when the head of the humerus moves backwards out of the socket.
Damage to the shoulder ligaments or capsule that support the shoulder joint is called a shoulder sprain. It may be stretching of the fibers or partial to full tears of the ligaments or joint capsule.
Poignant, reliable, and board certified orthopedic surgeons Dr. Steven Thomas and Dr. Gregory Bigler receive patients from Las Vegas, Nevada and nearby areas across the horizon for shoulder pain.
If you would like to schedule an appointment or learn more about the Knee and Shoulder Institute procedures & treatments performed by Las Vegas, Nevada board certified surgeons Steven C. Thomas, MD and Gregory T. Bigler, MD. call (702) 933-9393; Physical Therapy (702) 933-9393.