As part of the Orthopedic Associates in Avon, Ohio team, Dr. Swart, Dr. Lew, and all our other practitioners see patients with shoulder pain on a regular basis. Due to injuries or wear and tear, shoulders are susceptible to a variety of problems. Fortunately, our team has solutions to reduce your pain and possibly find a treatment to get you back to doing what you love, no matter what that is.
Below are some common shoulder problems our experts treat on a regular basis.
Fracture or Break
A shoulder fracture or break occurs when you have a crack in one of the bones in your shoulder – humerus, clavicle, or scapula. This may happen from repetitive motions, or it can occur from an injury, like a fall.
If you have a fracture or break, you might notice bruising or swelling in the area. You’ll have shoulder pain, and you may also suffer from a limited range of motion. Sometimes, you’ll visibly be able to see a lump or deformity when you have a broken bone in your shoulder.
Frozen shoulder is a condition that occurs when you have pain and stiffness in your shoulder. Unfortunately, this condition usually takes between one to three years to heal. Sometimes, the pain you have from a frozen shoulder is worse at night.
You’re more likely to develop frozen shoulder if you’ve had your arm immobilized for a prolonged period. Diabetics are more at risk for frozen shoulder.
You might experience a dislocation, which occurs when the top of your arms pops out of the shoulder socket (part of your scapula). Unfortunately, a dislocation is common because the shoulder is your body’s most mobile joint, making it vulnerable to a dislocation.
With a dislocation, you may have weakness, pain, numbness, bruising, or swelling in your shoulder. You also won’t be able to move the joint. Sometimes, it’s visibly noticeable that your bone is no longer in the socket.
Arthritis of any kind can cause pain and limit the range of motion in the affected joint. You may develop various types of arthritis in your shoulder, such as osteoarthritis. It stems from the cartilage in your shoulder joint gradually wearing down.
Rheumatoid arthritis can affect your shoulder, as well. With this particular form of arthritis, your immune system attacks your joints. Doctors aren’t quite sure why this happens, but genetics tends to play a role.
You could also develop post-traumatic arthritis, which is when arthritis sets into your shoulder after you sustain an injury.
Tendinitis arises when you overuse or injure a tendon in your shoulder. For instance, you may develop shoulder tendinitis if you play a sport.
Swelling, redness, and inflammation are possible. With tendinitis, you may have a crackling or grating sound when you move your shoulder. A lump might even form along the affected tendon.
Bursitis occurs when one of the bursae in your shoulder swells. The bursae protect structures from friction. You might visibly notice swelling in the area. You may experience pain, and the bursa of your shoulder may be tender to the touch. Bursitis can also affect the range of motion in your shoulder.
Nerve impingement is an issue that occurs when you have pressure applied to a nerve in your shoulder by a bone or soft tissue. You’ll experience pain, numbness, weakness, or burning.
Rotator Cuff Tear
Your rotator cuff consists of tendons and muscles located near your shoulder. The rotator cuff allows your arm to move. You can develop a rotator cuff tear, which occurs when a tendon separates from the bone, during a sudden injury. You may experience pain, limited range of motion, and weakness as a result.
Why Choose Orthopedic Associates in Avon, Ohio
Doctors like Dr. Lew and Dr. Swart of Orthopedic Associates of Westlake know that pain can take a toll on you physically and mentally. That’s why our team is passionate about the care we provide for injuries and wear and tear problems in places like your shoulders. We offer both conservative approaches and surgical procedures to relieve your pain and enhance your flexion and function.
Schedule an appointment with Orthopedic Associates, serving Avon, Westlake, and the nearby Ohio region, today if you suffer from pain or limited range of motion in your shoulder. Call us at 440-892-1440 or fill out our appointment request form.