Shoulder

The shoulder is one of the areas of the body most prone to natural wear and tear. Your humerus (upper arm,) scapula (shoulder blade) and clavicle (collarbone,) are all connected by a network of tendons and ligament, and since the shoulder’s range of motion is almost 360 degree rotation, everything must work together flawlessly in order to maintain proper function. 

Symptoms of Shoulder Problems

Pain

The most common complaint from patients with shoulder problems is pain. Pain tends to get worse throughout the day as the shoulder is involved in activity and could get worse over time.

Limited Range of Motion

If inflammation is severe enough, the pain can cause stiffness and limit the range of motion of the shoulder. Patients may notice grinding or clicking as the shoulder moves and their arms are extended outward or upward.

Shoulder Injuries and Conditions

Our orthopedic shoulder specialists treat these shoulder injuries and conditions that can cause shoulder pain and other symptoms: 

Frozen Shoulder

A frozen shoulder is stiffness and pain in the shoulder. It develops after a shoulder injury that causes pain and does not allow you to move your shoulder enough. Your shoulder will lose its normal ability to move in all directions, and you may not be able to lift your arm above your head. You may feel grinding when moving your shoulder. Treatment for a frozen shoulder can include physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, injections, or a procedure in which your surgeon manipulates your shoulder in various directions under anesthesia. 

For more information and frozen shoulder rehabilitation exercises, download our PDF.

Rotator Cuff Injury

A rotator cuff injury is a strain or tear in the tendons and muscles that hold your shoulder joint together. Symptoms include shoulder pain, weakness, tenderness, and loss of movement. Sometimes minor rotator cuff injuries can heal on their own, but it may need to be repaired surgically. 

For more information and rotator cuff strain rehabilitation exercises, download our PDF

Shoulder Treatment in Chesterfield

Contact Woods Mill Orthopedics to schedule an appointment by calling (314) 576-7013.