The shoulder is the most commonly injured joint in the human body — and these injuries can be extremely challenging. Shoulder injuries are often caused by athletic activities like pitching or weight lifting, which involve excessive and repeated overhead motion. Daily activities can result in a shoulder injury as well, and when you’re injured, those activities prove to be much more difficult. Lifting your arms to put your coat on, picking up your heavy bag off the floor, or opening your car door, can seem like an exhausting task.
If you have a stiff shoulder, feel like your shoulder could pop out of its socket, or have constant shoulder pain, it’s time to speak with a specialist who can help. The doctors at Iowa Ortho can help diagnose where the pain is coming from, whether that’s your shoulder or another part of your body that connects to your shoulders like your neck or collarbone.
One of the most common shoulder injuries in young adults is called Little League Shoulder. As the name suggests, Little League Shoulder is seen in adolescents 10-15 years old who are very active. The damage can range from a small amount of lost flexibility and tenderness around the upper arm, to multiple fractures in the growth plate.
Additional Common Shoulder Injuries
- Torn rotator cuff
- Collarbone and shoulder blade fractures
- Muscle imbalance
- And many more