Dr. Mitchell Fagelman is a renowned orthopedic surgeon providing comprehensive treatment for a wide range of orthopedic conditions of the shoulder. He specializes in assessing, managing and treating various sports injuries to the shoulder joint.

Sports Injuries of The Shoulder

The shoulder joint is the most complex and the largest joint in the body. It comprises of the humerus, clavicle, acromion and the coracoids bones. The humerus fits into the scapula like a ball and socket and offers the shoulder a wide range of motion. The rotator cuff comprises of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder and offers support to the shoulder. The tendons of the rotator cuff are cushioned by the bursa, a small sac of fluid. Labrum, a cuff of cartilage, forms a cup for the head of the humerus.

Here are some of the common sports injuries of the shoulder:

  • Rotator Cuff Tear: Rotator Cuff Tear is one of the most common shoulder injuries experienced by sports persons. It occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff muscles tear due to overuse of the muscles. The pain may range from mild to severe and worsen overtime resulting in painful overhead movements.
  • Bruised Collarbone: A direct impact to the front of the chest may lead to a bruised collarbone. A common sports injury causes difficulty in lifting the arm.
  • Clavicle Fracture: Falling onto an outstretched arm or shoulder while running or exercising can lead to fracture of the clavicle (collar) bone, which is present in the front of the shoulder. The player may experience pain, swelling and deformity.
  • AC Joint Separation: Acromioclavicular joint separation or AC joint separation is a frequent injury among sports persons such as football players, cyclists, etc. In this injury, the clavicle bone separates from the scapula due to falling on the shoulder or a direct blow. The injury results in intense pain, swelling, deformity and instability in the arm and the shoulder.
  • Deltoid Contusion: This condition involves the deltoid muscle present on the side of the shoulder. The bruising of the deltoid muscle, known as deltoid contusion, occurs due to direct impact to the muscle. The common symptoms include pain, loss of functionality, bruising, tenderness, swelling and inability to lift the arm to the side.
  • Deltoid Muscle Strain: A tear to the deltoid muscle on the top of the shoulder is called a deltoid muscle strain. It mainly occurs due to overuse of the muscle and lack of adequate rest. The patient experiences intense pain in the shoulder.
  • Dislocated Shoulder: When the arm is rotated backwards and outwards, it may result in a shoulder dislocation. The patient needs immediate medical attention to treat the condition. The symptoms include severe shoulder pain, swelling, redness and inability to move the shoulder.

For effective treatment of sports injuries, visit Dr. Fagelman in Carrollton, TX. To schedule an appointment with the shoulder specialist, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334.