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Shoulder Sports Injuries and Treatment


Millions of people suffer from shoulder pain every year. While some cases may be minor, others can be quite serious. Many times, the pain is the result of a sports injury. If you’re one of the unlucky few who suffer from this type of injury, know that you’re not alone.

The Orthopaedic Institute offers a range of treatments to help you get back to your favorite activities as soon as possible.

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Sports Medicine Specialist

One of the major misconceptions about sports medicine specialists is that they only treat athletes. In reality, our sports medicine team treats a broad range of individuals, from the weekend warrior to the everyday active adult. While shoulder injuries are more likely to occur in athletes, anyone can hurt themselves or experience overuse injuries. Our goal is to treat injuries, enhance mobility and keep our patients physically active in the long run.

Most Common Shoulder Sports Injuries

The human shoulder is a complex joint that provides significant power and mobility while maintaining a wide range of motion. However, because of its complexity, the shoulder is susceptible to a variety of overuse and sports injuries.

Most cases of shoulder pain are acute and go away with time, rest and home remedies. However, if you have shoulder pain that persists longer than six weeks, it may be time to seek the help of a sports medicine specialist.

We offer the latest orthopaedic technologies and treatments, including:

Rotator Cuff Tears

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and tendons that attach the shoulder blade to the upper arm bone. These muscles and tendons work together to lift the arm. A rotator cuff tear is a common overuse injury in older individuals and athletes that perform overhead motions of the arm, such as in golf, tennis or baseball.

Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder impingement (also called swimmer’s shoulder) occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff muscles become trapped or impinged as they pass near the shoulder blade. This condition is also often seen in athletes who participate in overhead sports. If left untreated, shoulder impingement can lead to a rotator cuff tear, bone spurs and prolonged inflammation.

Dislocated Shoulder

The shoulder joint is a ball-and-socket joint. The “ball” is the top of the upper arm bone, and the “socket” is a cup-shaped indentation in the shoulder blade. The socket is shallow, which makes the shoulder more susceptible to dislocation. A dislocated shoulder occurs when the ball pops out of the socket. This injury is most often seen in contact sports, such as football or hockey.


Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that can affect any joint in the body, including the shoulder. It is caused by the breakdown of cartilage, which is the cushioning material between joints. Though not technically a sports injury, osteoarthritis is often seen in athletes due to the repetitive motions of their sport causing a faster breakdown of cartilage.

Sports Medicine Treatments for
Shoulder Pain

The Orthopaedic Institute offers a comprehensive sports medicine program to help you get back in the game as soon as possible.

Our sports medicine specialists have years of experience diagnosing and treating a range of sports injuries, and some of our providers have even worked as team physicians for collegiate and professional sports teams.

We offer the latest orthopaedic technologies and treatments, including:

Shoulder Arthroscopy

Arthroscopic surgery is both a diagnostic and surgical procedure.

This minimally invasive surgery is used to treat a number of shoulder conditions, including rotator cuff tears, shoulder impingement and dislocations with minimal downtime and scarring.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is an important part of the rehabilitation process following shoulder surgery or injury.

Our on-site team of certified physical therapists will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that includes exercises and stretching to help improve your range of motion, flexibility and strength while preventing future injuries.

Joint Injections

Joint injections are a minimally invasive treatment used to relieve pain and inflammation caused by arthritis or other conditions affecting the joint.

The injection contains a steroid medication that may provide relief for several months before another injection is needed.

Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Shoulder replacement surgery is a treatment option for patients with severe osteoarthritis or other joint damage that has not responded to other treatments. In this procedure, the damaged joint is removed and replaced with an artificial one. There are two types:

Anatomic total shoulder replacement:
Replaces the damaged or worn parts of the shoulder with artificial components to mimic the shoulder’s natural anatomy.

Reverse total shoulder replacement:
This type of shoulder replacement “reverses” the normal ball and socket layout of the shoulder joint. This typically allows for improved mobility and flexibility of the shoulder joint once healed

4.7 out of 5 Patient Satisfaction Rating

Providing an exceptional patient experience is our top priority, and we’re proud to announce that our patients rate us a 4.7 out of 5 in patient satisfaction.

“The Orthopaedic Institute is the most outstanding health provider I’ve ever had to deal with. They are right on target when it comes to your orthopedic health. You can’t go wrong going to this institute.

The staff there are very pleasant and take good care of you. Plus, the front where you check in and the back where you check out are on top of their professions. Thank You!”

Treat Shoulder Pain at The Orthopaedic Institute

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a professional athlete, the sports medicine specialists at The Orthopaedic Institute can help you get back in the game. We offer comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for shoulder injuries and work to prevent future injuries with customized rehabilitation programs.

Schedule an appointment with us today to get started on your road to recovery.

Douglas P. Adolphson, M.D.

Board Certified:

Diagnostic Radiology

HipKneeShoulder and Elbow

Tristan A. Altbuch, M.D.

Board Certified:

Orthopaedic Surgery


Ajay Antony, M.D.

Board Certified:

Interventional Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology


Vijay Babu, M.D.

Board Certified:

Interventional Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology

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