Did you know the shoulder is widely considered to be the most unstable joint? This is because it can move in multiple directions and allow you to apply force or pressure, creating space for greater movement, while simultaneously making it more susceptible to injury than any other joint in the human body.
The shoulder is composed of the shoulder blade (scapula), collarbone (clavicle), and upper arm bone (humerus). The shoulder also has two joints (the glenohumeral and the acromioclavicular).
There are countless ways the shoulder can be injured in athletics; repetitive arm motions, like throwing, swimming, gymnastics, or weight lifting, can contribute to the development of a shoulder condition.
These conditions include bursitis, rotator cuff tendinitis, rotator cuff tears, frozen shoulder, and shoulder instability.
Wondering how you can decrease the chances of potential shoulder injuries in athletes? DMOS sports medicine and shoulder specialists advise performing proper warm-ups and strength training exercises.
Strength training exercises using free weights or exercise bands can increase stability in and around the shoulder joint. In addition, warm-ups that include arm movements in a circular motion, both forward and backward, will ensure the joints are prepared for a workout, practice, or game and will help athletes avoid injury.
Proper treatment of shoulder pain relies on a proper diagnosis of the cause of the pain. If one of your athletes is experiencing shoulder pain, it is better to be safe and see a specialist to ensure any potential injuries do not progress.
Schedule an appointment today with a DMOS sports medicine and shoulder specialist and find the right treatment plan for your athlete.
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