Shoulder Sports Injuries Specialist

Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow -  - Orthopaedic Specialist

Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow

Orthopaedic Surgeons located in Atlanta, Marietta, & Athens, GA

From basketball and tennis players to baseball pitchers, all athletes need strong, flexible shoulders to power and direct their arms. If you have a shoulder injury, the sports medicine experts at Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow offer both conservative and surgical treatments to resolve your pain and restore function to your shoulder. To benefit from prompt and effective solutions to your shoulder sports injuries, call the Atlanta, Athens, or Marietta, Georgia, office today or book an appointment online.

Shoulder Sports Injuries Q & A

What are shoulder sports injuries?

Shoulder sports injuries affect the bones, connective tissues, muscles, and nerves that make up your shoulder joint. They're quite common as your shoulder is the most mobile of joints and is often subjected to excessive stress when playing sports.

Sports injuries of the shoulder can happen suddenly if the tissues stretch or tear when you're playing or training. They can also develop over time as a result of overuse or repetitive strain.

These injuries aren't exclusive to people who play sports — any physical activity could lead to a shoulder injury.

What shoulder sports injuries might I suffer?

Shoulder sports injuries the Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow team sees most often include:

Rotator cuff tears

The rotator cuff tendons and muscles facilitate your shoulder movements. They can stretch too far, tear, or rupture completely depending on the forces they encounter.

Biceps tendon tears

Biceps tendon tears at the top of your arm might happen at the same time as a rotator cuff tear or could develop from overuse. A complete tear is where the tendon detaches from the bone.

Labral tears

The labrum (a ring of cartilage lining your shoulder socket) may tear under enough strain, which often occurs when you damage your rotator cuff.

Throwing and overhead sports are the most common causes of labral tears, which can be painful. A SLAP (superior labrum from anterior to posterior) tear is a particular type of labral tear.

Joint dislocation

You could dislocate your main shoulder joint or the acromioclavicular (AC) joint, where your collarbone meets your shoulder blade. Rotator cuff tears often happen at the same time.

Shoulder instability

Repeated dislocations or rotator cuff tears can make the joint loose, weak, and unstable, increasing your risk of further dislocations.

You should rest your shoulder if you injure it and avoid the activity that caused the damage. The team at Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow offers a range of conservative treatments that can help ease the pain and encourage tissue healing.

How are shoulder sports injuries treated?

Examples of treatments for shoulder sports injuries include:

  • Use of a brace or splint
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Applications of heat and ice
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections for persistent inflammation and pain

Should your symptoms fail to improve or you have an injury like a complete biceps tendon rupture, you might need surgery.

The Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow team uses minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques to perform shoulder sports injury operations at their Georgia Surgical Center on Peachtree Road.

If you suffer a shoulder sports injury, call Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow today and schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.