You might not realize how much you use your shoulders until a shoulder injury gets in the way of regular activities.

The team at NJ Spine and Wellness in Matawan, East Brunswick, Freehold, and Old Bridge, New Jersey, offers multidisciplinary treatments ranging from injections and manipulation to surgery to heal and rehabilitate your shoulder. Get better faster with NJ Spine and Wellness — call or schedule an appointment online today.

Shoulder Injuries Q & A

What are Common Shoulder Injuries?

Your shoulder is an extraordinarily mobile joint, which increases its vulnerability to injury. Some of the most common shoulder injuries include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Instability
  • Impingement
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Labral tears
  • Dislocation
  • Fractures

You can have either an acute shoulder injury or an injury that develops gradually from repetitive use. Shoulder injuries are most common in athletes who participate in sports with excessive overhead movements like swimming, tennis, baseball, and weightlifting.

Your risk of shoulder injuries also increases if you have a career that involves repetitive movements. You could even injure your shoulder during a chore like hanging curtains or gardening.

When Should I Talk to a Health Care Provider About a Shoulder Injury?

Shoulder injuries cause pain, stiffness, and limit your mobility. You might also feel like your shoulder might pop or slide out its socket, or you don’t have any strength. You should contact the team at NJ Spine and Wellness if you have any of these symptoms.

How Do You Diagnose Shoulder Injuries?

The team at NJ Spine and Wellness begins by discussing your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history. They examine your shoulder for inflammation, deformity, or other signs of injury.

Your provider might ask you to move your arm in specific ways or perform some stretches. Doing this shows them how your pain affects your mobility and provides clues about the injury that’s causing your pain.

In some cases, the team at NJ Spine and Wellness order X-rays and MRIs to examine the inside of your shoulder and confirm your diagnosis.

How are Shoulder Injuries Treated?

The team creates customized, multidisciplinary treatment plans for shoulder injuries. They often begin with conservative methods such as physical therapy, steroid injections, anti-inflammatory medication, and immobilization.

If necessary, the experienced surgeons at NJ Spine and Wellness offer expert shoulder surgeries, including:

  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Labrum repair
  • Debridement
  • Full and partial shoulder replacement
  • Fracture repair

Whenever possible, the surgeons at NJ Spine and Wellness use minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery techniques.

Arthroscopic shoulder surgery reduces the trauma to your surrounding tissue during your operation. You recover more quickly than with open surgery and with a lower risk of complications.

If you think you have a shoulder injury, call NJ Spine and Wellness or schedule an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment.

NJ Spine and Wellness

Orthopedic, Pain Management & Sports Medicine Multi-Specialty Group located in East Brunswick, Freehold, Matawan & Old Bridge, NJ