Shoulder Injury – Flower Mound TX
Dr. Kevin J Kulwicki is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, specializing in treating shoulder and elbow injuries.  He treats a spectrum of conditions including joint arthritis, fractures, rotator cuff tears, overuse injuries and sports injuries. Read on to know more about various shoulder injuries treated by Dr. Kulwicki.

Common Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder Instability

Shoulder instability occurs when the ligaments, muscles and bones in the shoulder joint slip out of place, and in some cases, out of the socket. The injury is most common in young athletes participating in contact sports and throwing sports. Other factors that can lead to instability in the shoulder include falling down stairs, off a bicycle and other trauma that may cause the shoulder ligaments to overstretch. The common symptoms of the shoulder injury are loosening of shoulder joint, extreme pain while moving the shoulder and around the affected joint. The treatment options recommended by orthopedic doctors include rest, anti-inflammatory medication, heat or ice treatments, and certain exercises to improve the range of motion in your shoulder, nearby joints and muscles.

Rotator Cuff Tear

A Rotator Cuff Tear refers to the damage caused to tendons in the shoulder joint. The shoulder injury is common in people who repeatedly perform overhead motions such as painters, carpenters, and athletes who play baseball, basketball or tennis. The risk of Rotator Cuff Tear also increases with age. Symptoms of this shoulder injury include pain, tenderness, and soreness in the shoulder; and difficulty in sleeping lying on the affected side. Treatment depends on the severity of the injury. If the tear is partial, orthopedic doctors may recommend RICE treatment (rest, ice, compression and elevation). Providing rest to the affected shoulder is probably the most important part of treatment, once the pain subsides, physical therapy is recommended to regain shoulder movement. You may also be prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) for pain relief.

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder refers to an orthopedic condition characterized by stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. The shoulder injury can occur at any age, but people between 40 years and 60 years of age are more susceptible to the condition. The major causes of Frozen Shoulder are health conditions such as Diabetes, Thyroid Disease, Heart Disease, or Parkinson's disease.  It can also occur if the shoulder has been kept immobile for a period of time. The major symptom of this shoulder injury is extreme pain while moving the shoulder in any direction. Treatment options include NSAIDs, physical therapy.

Overuse/Strains

A shoulder strain occurs when a muscle fiber is torn, while a shoulder sprain is when a ligament is torn. Both these shoulder injuries are caused by a rapid stretch or change in direction of the tissue usually when the body is tired. Lifting heavy object can also lead to the injury. Although painful and inconvenient, these overuse problems can usually be treated with rest, NSAIDs (to reduce pain and swelling) and stretching exercises.

Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is a painful condition affecting people over 50 years of age. The shoulder injury occurs when the smooth outer covering of the shoulder joint (Articular Cartilage) gets damaged. The main cause of the injury is overuse. Treatments for arthritis in the shoulder depend on the severity of pain. The usual treatments are rest, NSAIDs and cortisone injections.  In some instances, a replacement of the shoulder joint is necessary.

For more information about shoulder injuries and their treatment options in Flower Mound TX, call at (972) 899 – 4679.