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Shoulder Injuries are Common
By: IHI
10.24.14 Friday
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Shoulder joints are the most movable in your body, and are composed of just three bones: The humerus (upper arm bone), the scapula (shoulder blade) and the clavicle (collarbone) and four muscles. The interesting thing about shoulder joints is that they are prone to instability and injury, because the ball on your humerus is larger than the shoulder socket that holds it. Thus, shoulder injuries are common and can include some of the following:
  • Torn rotator cuffs
  • Dislocations
  • Separations
  • Strains
  • Sprains
  • Tendinitis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
Though shoulder injuries are often a result of athletic activities involving overhead motion, like tennis, pitching, swimming or volleyball, injuries also occur doing every day activities, like gardening, washing windows and putting on your seatbelt. If you have a painful shoulder, do a quick self-check.  Do you have:
  • Enough strength in your shoulder to carry out regular daily tasks, like lifting a full laundry basket and unloading the dishwasher?
  • Stiffness in your shoulder? Are you able to rotate it as you normally do or is there limited range of motion?
  • A feeling that your shoulder will pop out of the joint if you move it in a certain way?
Answering yes to any of these questions signifies a good time to make an appointment with a provider at the Idaho Hand Institute. Let them help you determine how severe your problem is and if a course of action is necessary. For more information regarding shoulder pain or shoulder injuries, please contact the Idaho Hand Institute at (208) 235-HAND (4263) or at any of our three locations: Pocatello, Blackfoot, and Soda Springs.
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