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Shoulder Pain Causes

Dr. Terry Madsen specializes in minimally invasive surgeries for sports injuries including many traumas that cause shoulder pain.

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Rotator Cuff Injury

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and tendons that stabilize the shoulder joint and allows for the lifting and rotation of the arms. It is a very common sports injury, especially in sports like football, baseball and tennis.

Slap Tear

A Superior Labral Anterior Posterior lesion, or a SLAP tear, is an injury to the cartilage surrounding the socket of the shoulder joint. We see this type of sports injury in athletes who participate in repetitive overhead throwing movements, such as baseball pitchers. The amount of stress from this action can strain the shoulder joint and lead to trauma.

Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

Another injury we see often from repetitive shoulder strain, especially in athletes of overhead sports like baseball, tennis or volleyball is shoulder impingement syndrome. This occurs when there is excessive friction in the shoulder joint tissues.

Shoulder Arthritis

There are many types of arthritis that can affect the shoulder. When the shoulder becomes inflamed, it can become painful, stiff, and sometimes lead to more joint degeneration.

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