The shoulder is a very complex configuration of joints, allowing for a larger range of motion than any other joint in the body. This complex structure relies on the alignment of many different bones and tissue to function correctly. When shoulder trauma occurs, it can impact the function of this complicated joint structure. Dr. Steven Struhl, orthopedic surgeon and shoulder specialist, offers shoulder trauma injuries treatment at his clinics in NYC and Westchester.
Common Types of Shoulder Trauma injuries
There are many working components of the shoulder. The bones include the clavicle, scapula and humerus, all coming together in the two main shoulder joints: the glenohumeral and acromioclavicular (AC) joints. There are four main muscles and associated tendons that make the rotator cuff, along with many ligaments that hold the joints together. There is also cartilage in the joints, including the labrum in the glenohumeral joint. Trauma to the shoulder can impact any of these components. Some common types of shoulder trauma injuries include:
- Rotator cuff tears
- AC joint separation
- Biceps and triceps tears
- Broken shoulder or collarbone
- Shoulder dislocation
High-impact sports are a common cause of shoulder trauma injuries. Falling on an outstretched arm can tear tendons, fracture bones or dislocate the shoulder. Auto and workplace accidents with impact to the shoulder can also cause serious trauma injuries to the shoulder structure.
Shoulder trauma injury treatment can involve repairing many different components, from bones and tendons to ligaments and labrum tears. Dr. Struhl is a dual certified orthopedic and sports medicine/arthroscopic surgeon who specializes in advanced shoulder treatments, including patented surgery for AC joint separation.
If you suffer from a severe shoulder trauma injury, get the best care possible to relieve pain and restore shoulder function. Contact our team at Shoulders & Knees to schedule an exam and consultation with top shoulder specialist, Dr. Steven Struhl.