As the summer warms up and the days get longer, many of us are eager to get outside and enjoy all that summertime has to offer. From swimming and beach volleyball to hiking and kayaking, plenty of activities keep us busy during the summer months. However, all that activity can also lead to an increased risk of shoulder injuries.
If you plan to be active this summer, learn more about these three common summertime shoulder injuries and what you can do to help prevent them from the team at Steven Struhl MD – AC Joint Separation in New York.
Three Most Common Summer Shoulder Injuries
Here are the three most common shoulder injuries we see during the summertime:
- Rotator Cuff Tears – The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint, helping keep it stable and allowing for a wide range of motion. Rotator cuff tears can occur due to repetitive overhead movements (such as throwing a ball or lifting weights) or a sudden injury (such as a fall). Symptoms of a rotator cuff tear may include pain, weakness and limited range of motion.
- Shoulder or AC Joint Dislocation – A shoulder dislocation occurs when the upper arm bone pops out of the shoulder socket. The AC joint is above the glenohumeral joint (actual shoulder joint). Unlike the shoulder joint, the AC joint is small and has a limited range of motion and function. Either can be damaged by a fall, a sudden blow to the shoulder or an awkward twist of the arm. Symptoms of an AC joint or shoulder dislocation may include intense pain, swelling and the inability to move the arm.
- Shoulder Impingement Syndrome – This condition can occur when the shoulder’s tendons and bursa (tiny fluid-filled sacs) become compressed and irritated. It can happen as a result of repetitive overhead motions, such as throwing a ball or swimming, or as a result of poor posture. Symptoms of shoulder impingement syndrome may include pain, weakness and a clicking or popping sensation in the shoulder.
Preventing Summertime Shoulder Injuries
To prevent summertime shoulder injuries, it is crucial to warm up before engaging in any activities involving the shoulder, especially before performing repetitive overhead motions. Wear appropriate protective gear to soften any potential blows to the shoulder or arm areas. Dr. Struhl also recommends strengthening exercises for the muscles that support the shoulder joint and maintaining good posture to help prevent injuries or developing painful conditions.
Summertime is a great time to get outside and enjoy all nature offers. However, it’s essential to prevent shoulder injuries, such as warming up before activity, maintaining good posture and strengthening the muscles that support the shoulder.
If you sustain a shoulder injury or begin experiencing pain and restricted mobility, contact the team at Steven Struhl MD – AC Joint Separation in New York immediately to schedule an exam. Dr. Struhl can quickly diagnose your problem and recommend the fastest and most efficient pathway to relief and restored mobility.
Posted on behalf of Steven Struhl MD