Shoulder Injuries

Our team at Hattiesburg Clinic offers advanced diagnostic tools and comprehensive treatment options for shoulder injuries.

Shoulder Injuries Overview

Think of the shoulder as a meeting place. The shoulder joint serves as a connector for three different bones—the upper arm bone (the humerus), the shoulder blades (the scapula) and the collarbone (the clavicle). An intricate network of four muscles and tendons, called the rotator cuff, holds the shoulder in place.

Those different components all work together to allow you to move your shoulder and your arm. A variety of shoulder injuries, though, can disrupt the normal function of the shoulder, causing pain and other uncomfortable symptoms.

The first step toward effective treatment of a shoulder injury is determining the exact type of injury. An orthopaedic specialist at Hattiesburg Clinic can use advanced imaging scans and other tools to provide a prompt and accurate diagnosis.

Types of Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder injuries can be tricky. You can injure your shoulder during exercise or sports participation, or you may hurt it doing something as simple as reaching out your hand to grab something.

When a shoulder injury of any type occurs, it can cause inflammation, stiffness, swelling, instability and pain affecting the shoulder, the arm or the hand. Different types of shoulder injuries include:

  • Bursitis: an inflammation of the small, fluid-filled sacs cushioning the bones
  • Dislocations: when the top of the upper arm bone pops partially or totally out of the shoulder blade
  • Fractures: a partial or total break in a bone
  • Rotator cuff tear: a tear in the muscles and tendons that hold the shoulder in place
  • Separations: when torn ligaments cause the collarbone to separate from the shoulder blade
  • Sprains: a stretched or torn ligament
  • Strains: a stretched or torn muscle or tendon
  • Tendonitis: an inflammation of a tendon

Treatment for Shoulder Injuries

If a Hattiesburg Clinic physician diagnoses you with a shoulder injury, there are a variety of treatment options that may heal the injury and provide you with relief. Your specific treatment plan will vary based on a number of factors, including the specific injury you have experienced, your symptoms, the severity of the injury and your overall health.

Treatment often includes either physical therapy or at-home shoulder exercises designed to promote healing and strengthen the parts of the shoulder. Along with these exercises, your orthopaedic specialist may also recommend resting the shoulder, icing it and using over-the-counter pain medications or anti-inflammatories.

When these measures are not effective, other treatment options may be considered, including injected medications or surgical procedures. Your physician will work with you to determine an optimal treatment plan to get you back to your best and help you prevent further injury.

Why Choose Hattiesburg Clinic?

When shoulder injuries strike, the effects can be debilitating. Our orthopaedics team at Hattiesburg Clinic is here to help, offering advanced diagnostic tools and comprehensive treatment options for shoulder injuries. Patients treated at Hattiesburg Clinic also have access to a full continuum of care, including surgical services and rehabilitation when needed.

Contact Our Specialists Today

If you are an existing patient of an orthopaedic provider at Hattiesburg Clinic and are experiencing knee pain or discomfort, please request an appointment through your Iris account. If you are a new patient looking to receive treatment at our clinic, please contact one of our locations below.

Hattiesburg, MS
Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
103 Medical Park
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
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8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine - Bellevue
Hattiesburg, MS
Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine - Bellevue
Hattiesburg Clinic - Bellevue
7148 Hwy. 98 W.
Ste. 203
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
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