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Shoulder Trauma


Shoulder Trauma Specialist

Athletes participating in activities such as swimming, tennis, pitching and weightlifting have a high risk of shoulder injuries due to overuse or excessive force. Shoulder trauma specialist, Dr. Kelechi Okoroha provides diagnosis and individualized non-surgical and surgical management for shoulder trauma in Detroit. Contact Dr. Okoroha’s team for an appointment today!

What is Shoulder Trauma?

Shoulder injuries most commonly occur in athletes participating in sports such as swimming, tennis, pitching, and weightlifting. The injuries are caused due to the over usage or repetitive motion of the arms.

Symptoms of Shoulder Trauma

Shoulder injuries cause pain, stiffness, restricted movements, difficulty in performing routine activities and a popping sensation.

Common Injuries Causing Shoulder Trauma

Some of the common shoulder injuries include:

Sprains and strains: A sprain is the stretching or tearing of ligaments (tissues that connect adjacent bones in a joint). It is a common injury and usually occurs when you fall or suddenly twist your arm. 

A strain is the stretching or tearing of muscle or tendon (tissues that connect muscle to bone). It is common in those participating in sports. Strains are usually caused by twisting or pulling of the tendons.

Dislocations: A shoulder dislocation is an injury that occurs when the ends of the bone are forced out of position. It is often caused by a fall or direct blow to the joint while playing contact sports.

Tendinitis: It is an inflammation of a tendon, a tissue that connects muscles to bone. It occurs because of injury or overuse.

Bursitis: It is an inflammation of the fluid-filled sac called bursa that protects and cushions your joints. Bursitis can be caused by chronic overuse, injury, arthritis, gout or infection.

Rotator cuff injury: The rotator cuff consists of tendons and muscles that hold the bones of the shoulder joint together. Rotator cuff muscles allow you to move your arm up and down. Rotator cuff injuries often cause a decreased range of motion.

Fractures: A fracture is a break in the bone that commonly occurs because of injuries, such as a fall or a direct blow to the shoulder.

Arthritis: Osteoarthritis is the most common type of shoulder arthritis, characterized by progressive wearing away of the cartilage of the joint.

If you have suffered trauma to the shoulder, it is important to schedule an orthopedic consultation for proper examination and care. Dr. Kelechi Okoroha is a shoulder trauma specialist who provides detailed examination and care for patients with shoulder dislocation in Detroit, Royal Oak, Sterling Heights, Bloomfield Hills, Dearborn, Michigan and beyond.

Treatments for Shoulder Trauma

After careful review of your history and examination, Dr. Okoroha will provide an individualized treatment plan to help you return to your normal function.

Early treatment is necessary to prevent serious shoulder injuries. The immediate mode of treatment recommended for shoulder injuries is rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE). Dr. Okoroha may also prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to help reduce the swelling and pain.

Dr. Okoroha may recommend a series of exercises to strengthen shoulder muscles and regain shoulder movement.

If you have experienced shoulder trauma, please contact Dr. Kelechi Okoroha, orthopedic shoulder specialist treating patients in Detroit, Royal Oak, Sterling Heights, Bloomfield Hills, Dearborn, Michigan and beyond.