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Shoulder injuries

Frozen shoulder: a sticky problem

in Diagnose & Treat, Shoulder injuries

In the first of a 2-part article, Andrew Hamilton looks at the etiology of the condition known as ‘frozen shoulder,’ and the recent thinking on conservative treatment options for restoring shoulder functionality Frozen shoulder, more correctly known as adhesive capsulitis (AC), is a common cause of shoulder pain and loss of motion in the over... MORE

Shoulder instability: prevention for better performance

in Prevent, Shoulder injuries, Strength

Tracy Ward explores the subject of shoulder instability; what preventative measures can athletes take to prevent its occurrence or worsening? Shoulder instability is the abnormal movement of the shoulder joint beyond normal physiological ranges, which can result in subluxation (partial displacement) or dislocation (full displacement) of the humeral head in the glenoid cavity (shoulder joint... MORE

Subacromial-subdeltoid bursitis: Shoulder pain isn’t always the rotator cuff

in Anatomy, Diagnose & Treat, Shoulder injuries

Chris Mallac explores the role of the subacromial-subdeltoid bursa in the glenohumeral joint and provides diagnosis and treatment options. The subacromial-subdeltoid bursa (SASD) is a potentially pain-sensitive structure of the glenohumeral joint. Along with the rotator cuff tendons, it has been implicated as a primary pathology in painful shoulder conditions of overhead athletes (eg swimmers, weightlifters,... MORE

Uncommon injuries: Kim lesions

in Diagnose & Treat, Musculoskeletal injuries, Shoulder injuries, Uncommon injuries

Chris Mallac provides an insight into a particular and rare type of posterior labrum lesion known as the ‘Kim lesion’. Glenoid labrum injuries are common shoulder injuries in athletes and research shows that among these, posterior labral lesions form a significant proportion(1). The posterior labrum is particulary vulnerable in sports such as contact football players (NFL,... MORE

Sternoclavicular joint dysfunction: a rare diagnosis

in Diagnose & Treat, Joint injuries, Shoulder injuries

Trevor Langford reviews the anatomy and biomechanics of the sternoclavicular joint, explains how joint dysfunction presents in athletes and non-athletes, and provides treatment options for a sternoclavicular joint sprain or dislocation. Injuries of the glenohumeral joint (GHJ) and the acromioclavicular joint (ACJ) are commonly diagnosed, while injury to the sternoclavicular joint (SCJ) is frequently overlooked during... MORE

Pectoralis major tear: a likely combat sports injury

in Acute injuries, Email Newsletters, Musculoskeletal injuries, Shoulder injuries

Participation in combat sports continues to rise in the United States, especially in younger populations. According to an ESPN survey, 5.5 million teens and 3.2 million kids under 13 years-of-age, perform some type of mixed martial arts (MMA)(1). The incidence of injury from participation in MMA is between 22.9 and 28.6 per 100-fight encounters(1). Because more... MORE

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