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Avoiding Shoulder Injuries While Playing Contact Sports

As one of the most mobile areas in the body, shoulder injuries are common because of the lack of stability of these ball-and-socket joints. Although anyone can sustain a shoulder injury, especially if their job requires frequent overhead movement, athletes have a particularly high risk of injuring their shoulders and suffering from traumatic injuries.

Why Are Athletes Prone to Injuring Their Shoulders?

Athletes who participate in sports requiring frequent overhead movements, whether that means swinging a racket or catching a baseball, are particularly susceptible to shoulder injuries. While the risk of shoulder injury is prevalent in sports like swimming, tennis, or volleyball; the athletes who participate in high-energy contact sports such as football or hockey have a considerably higher risk of injury. Athletes who collide with one another at high velocity can easily sustain traumatic shoulder injuries such as fractures and dislocations that can keep them out of their sport for months, if not longer.

Some of the most common sports injuries affecting the shoulder include:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • AC separation
  • Shoulder labral tear
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Shoulder tendonitis
  • Shoulder bursitis
  • Shoulder osteoarthritis
  • And more

How Comprehensive Spine Institute Treats Shoulder Sports Injuries

Our board-certified orthopedists and sports medicine doctors provide extensive acute care management and physical rehabilitation for shoulder sports injuries. While most patients with shoulder pain respond to non-invasive treatment methods such as physical therapy, activity modification, rest, and medication, others may need immediate surgery for severe injuries. Surgical treatment for shoulder injuries is usually minimally invasive, because small incisions are used to fix painful shoulder conditions. The doctors use an arthroscope, which is a long tube affixed with a camera, inserted into a small incision to view the injured joint and repair the tissues and structures surrounding it.

Are you experiencing shoulder pain? Contact us at Comprehensive Spine Institute today at (727) 300-2537 for an appointment.