Repetitive overhead activities, such as sports that involve throwing
This problem is more common in men. Other things that may raise your risk are:
Playing some sports, such as baseball (pitchers), golf, weightlifting, and tennis
Lifting heavy objects
Having a health problem that may result in falls, such as weak muscles
Problems may be:
Shoulder or arm pain
Pain that is worse with shoulder movement
A painful clicking or popping feeling in the shoulder
Catching or loosening feeling in the shoulder
Weakness of the shoulder or arm
You will be asked about your symptoms and health history. You will also be asked how the injury happened. A physical exam will be done. It will focus on the shoulder and arm. You may need to see a doctor who treats bones.
Images will be taken of the shoulder. This can be done with an
x-ray. An MRI scan may also be done.
It will take 4 to 6 weeks for most people to heal. The goals of treatment are to manage pain and support the shoulder as it heals. This may include:
Medicine to ease pain
A sling to keep the shoulder in place as it heals
Exercises to help with strength and range of motion
Some people may need surgery when other methods do not help. This can be done with shoulder arthroscopy. A thin, lighted tube is inserted through a small incision in the shoulder. Small instruments are also passed through the opening. The torn ligament or tissue is removed or sewn together. Wires or tacks may be used to reattach any torn tendons.
Doing stretching and strengthening exercises that target the shoulder can help lower the risk of this injury.
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