28 Feb Why are Shoulder Injuries So Common?
The shoulder is the most complex, mobile joint in the body. At Mend Clinic, shoulder pain and injuries are one of the most common complaints we hear, and with so many working parts in this joint, that’s no surprise. The tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bones can all be injured during daily activities, sports, or at work. However, diagnosing a shoulder injury can be a bit more challenging than a simpler joint like the knee. Early diagnosis is key to preventing further damage.
Types of Shoulder Injuries
The types of injuries the shoulder can endure are many. The list includes rotator cuff tears, subluxations (partial dislocations) and full dislocations, labrum tears, sprains, and strains. Since the shoulder is so complex and designed to be mobile, misdiagnoses can occur. A reputable clinic will listen to your concerns and work with you for a correct diagnosis and to plan out next steps.
In recent years, there’s been a trend in “loose shoulders” thanks to the surge in activities like yoga. Generally speaking, having mobile shoulders is a good thing, but that can lead to over-stretching and over-straining the body. The increase in high impact sports like Cross Fit has also led to a surge in certain types of shoulder injuries, such as subluxation.
Even a relatively minor shoulder injury, such as a sprained tendon, can put a serious dent in your lifestyle. It can get in the way of working out, hobbies, work, and even activities like taking out the recycling. Plus, without the correct diagnosis and treatment, it’s easy to take a shoulder injury from minor to severe. Sometimes there’s little room between RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) and surgery.
See Mend Clinic Urgent Care for Shoulder Injuries
If you suspect a shoulder injury or have shoulder pain, don’t “wait it out.” Mend Clinic is open seven days a week for both walk-ins and appointments, which you can book online.