Shoulder and Elbow
Common Injuries of the Shoulder
The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body, but because of this flexibility, it is not very stable and is easily injured.
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Cubital tunnel syndrome feels similar to the pain that occurs from hitting the "funny" bone in your elbow. The condition may occur if you frequently bend your elbows, constantly lean on your elbows, or sustain a direct injury to the area.
Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
The pain of tennis elbow is caused by damage to the tendons that bend the wrist backward away from the palm.
Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer's and Baseball Elbow)
Other activities that can cause this condition include carrying a heavy suitcase, chopping wood, and using a chainsaw.
Overview of Shoulder Problems
Common shoulder problems include dislocation, separation, bursitis, and rotator cuff tear.
Preventing Shoulder Pain and Injury
Your shoulder has the widest range of motion of any joint in your body. This flexibility allows you to do everything from throwing a baseball and swinging a tennis racket, to lifting and moving equipment.
Rotator Cuff Injury
An injury to the rotator cuff, such as a tear, may happen suddenly when falling on an outstretched hand or develop over time because of repetitive activities.
The shoulder joint is the most frequently dislocated major joint of the body—often caused by a significant force that separates the shoulder joint's ball away from the joint's socket.
Shoulder tendonitis often occurs in sports that require the arm to move over the head repeatedly, such as in baseball, weight lifting, and racket sports.