• Shoulder Injury

  • Shoulder injuries are common and are usually caused by sports-related injuries that are repetitive, impactful, jarring, or include over-head movement of the arms. Shoulder injuries can also be the result of a fall or other kinds of accidents. Stiffness, feeling like your shoulder could “pop out” of place or reduced strength are indications there might be something wrong.

    Most shoulder problems involve the muscles, tendons, and ligaments, rather than bones and are due to injury.

     

    Signs and symptoms of a shoulder injury may include:
    • Stiffness in the shoulder
    • Pain or swelling during or after movement
    • Lack of strength in shoulder and arm
    • Previous injury to the arm or shoulder area
    • Feeling like the shoulder will pop out of place when moved
    Some injuries to the shoulder, resulting in shoulder pain, may clear up through the following actions:
    • Rest the arm and shoulder associated with the pain and/or injury
    • Treat the area with a cold pack – use for 10 to 20 minutes. Do not freeze the skin.
    • Avoid heat – this will cause increased swelling and pain
    • Avoid athletic participation or any other activity that may cause further strain or injury
    • Take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication to treat the immediate pain

    If you choose to treat your shoulder pain or injury at home, you must be sure you do not re-injure or cause further damage to the shoulder. If your shoulder pain persists more than 48 hours, you should make an appointment for medical evaluation.

    Learn more about common shoulder injuries and treatment options.

    Contact COAST Orthopedics today. Dr. Jeffrey Colbert can evaluate and help plan effective treatment for occasional or chronic pain. If pain is a persistent or long-lasting problem in your everyday life, you shouldn’t wait a minute longer. Call today 310-421-2111.