How are shoulder and elbow injuries caused and treated?

Shoulder and elbow injuries

Pain in your shoulder or elbow may have started after an incident you vividly recall, such as a car accident. Sometimes the exact moment the injury occurred is not clear. For example, shoulder and elbow injuries can be linked to playing sports or engaging in repetitive motions, such as activities you may be assigned at work.

Whatever the cause of the injuries, you will want to obtain a proper diagnosis and a course of treatment to get rid of the pain so you can enjoy your life. If you sustained an injury to your shoulder or elbow, don’t hesitate to contact Island Musculoskeletal Care MD, PC (IMC Bone Doc) to schedule an appointment. A delay could lead to complications. We have offices in greater New York City and on Long Island. You can get your life back on track by receiving treatment from a New York City orthopedic surgeon at IMC Bone Doc.

Top causes of shoulder and elbow injuries

Shoulder and elbow injuries are common. The pain you’re experiencing may be the result of arthritis (a type of joint pain) or bursitis (swelling and redness). More commonly, these injuries come from a strain or a tear. Some people sustain the injuries in work accidents. IMC Bone Doc is certified to handle work-related injuries covered by workers’ compensation insurance in New York. A car accident can be another cause.

Accidents that can lead to shoulder and elbow injuries may include:

  • Falling on an outstretched arm
  • A direct strike to a shoulder or elbow
  • Extreme twisting or bending of the shoulder

In addition to bursitis and arthritis, some conditions that can lead to shoulder pain include:

  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, which is a problem with the ulnar nerve passes through the elbow and causes pain that feels like striking the elbow’s “funny bone.”
  • “Frozen” shoulder or elbow, or tennis elbow, which is tendinitis
  • Broken bones in the shoulder or elbow and dislocated joints
  • Cartilage problems
  • Ligament injuries
  • Tendon injuries

How are shoulder and elbow injuries treated?

There are a range of treatments for shoulder and elbow injuries. Your doctor may start with suggesting rest, a reduction of activity and ice for up to two weeks. If no improvement is shown, your doctor may suggest the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Shoulder injections
  • Shoulder replacement surgery
  • Elbow tendon and ligament repair surgery
  • Shoulder or elbow arthroscopic surgery

The list above is just a few possible treatments. To read more, visit the IMC Bone Doc’s page titled shoulder and elbow medical procedures.

How to find out the best course of treatment after a shoulder or elbow injury?

The only way to obtain a diagnosis and course of treatment is to receive an examination from a highly experienced orthopedic surgeon as soon as possible. Contact the board-certified orthopedic surgeons at Island Musculoskeletal Care MD, PC. We serve the five boroughs of New York City. Schedule your appointment today at one of our locations.

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