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Orthopedic Urgent Care for Shoulder Injuries

We are a state of the art orthopedic urgent care for shoulder pain and injuries.  If any of these symptoms are present, it is important to have the shoulder evaluated immediately.  Our team of Orthopedic Specialists can examine, evaluate and treat this type of injury using our on-site X-Ray.  No appointment is needed and you can walk into any of our locations and be seen quicker and more efficiently than an Emergency Room or waiting days for a doctor’s appointment.

Select a Shoulder Condition:
Shoulder Labral Injuries (SLAP Tear)
The labrum is a firm ring of tissue that surrounds the socket of the shoulder and allows for stability of the shoulder.  “SLAP” injuries are injuries to the Superior Labrum Anterior to Posterior, meaning any area of the shoulder joint that is covered by the labrum.

These injuries can occur in several ways, including:

  • Falling onto an outstretched arm
  • Repeated overhead lifting of heavy objects
  • Direct force to the shoulder
  • Repetitive overhead activities (throwing a baseball or football)

This injury is often accompanied by another injury such as a Rotator Cuff Injury or the result of Shoulder Dislocation.

Symptoms of a SLAP Tear can include:

  • Popping or catching of the shoulder
  • Pain when the shoulder is extended
  • Weakness or instability in the shoulder
  • Dull or aching pain in the shoulder
Shoulder Dislocations
A Shoulder Dislocation occurs when the top of the arm bone (humerus) pops out of the socket due to a sudden force or fall onto an outstretched arm. Because the shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the body, the shoulder can be dislocated in multiple directions.  Most commonly, the dislocation is an anterior dislocation, which means the bone becomes positioned in front of the joint.

It is important to know that a Shoulder Dislocation is not the same as a Separated Shoulder.

Symptoms of a Shoulder Dislocation can include:

  • Sudden pain in the shoulder
  • Visible deformity of the shoulder
  • Inability to move the shoulder
  • Bruising or swelling of the shoulder
  • If these symptoms are present, it is important to have the shoulder evaluated immediately.  
Separated Shoulder (AC Joint Injury)
A Separated Shoulder is an injury to the ligaments that support the collarbone and shoulder blade due to a sudden force or fall onto an outstretched arm.  The severity of the injury is based on the damage to the ligament.  In mild injuries, the ligaments may be stretched or only partially torn.  However, in severe injuries, the ligaments may be completely torn.

Symptoms of a Separated Shoulder can include:

  • Sudden pain in the shoulder
  • Visible deformity of the shoulder
  • Inability to move the shoulder
  • Bruising or swelling of the shoulder
Rotator Cuff Injuries
The Rotator Cuff is a grouping of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint and keep the humerus within the socket of the shoulder.  These muscles or tendons often become injured due to a single incident, such as sudden force or fall onto an outstretched arm.  However, these injuries can be a result of repetitive motions that cause the muscles and tendons to wear over time.  Particularly, athletes who use overhand throwing motions or painters and carpenters, have an increased incidence of Rotator Cuff Injury.

Symptoms of a Rotator Cuff Injury can include:

  • Pain in the shoulder (often at night)
  • Pain when lifting the arm
  • Pain when extending the shoulder
  • A “cracking” sound when rotating the shoulder
  • Weakness in the shoulder
Shoulder Bursitis
Shoulder Bursitis is a result of inflammation of the lubricating sac between the joints of the shoulder, known as the bursa.  Bursitis can be the result of several factors that include injury, job duties and age.  In most cases, repetitive motions of the shoulder such as throwing, painting or carpentry can cause bursitis.   Also, those with a history of arthritis are at risk of developing bursitis.

Symptoms of Shoulder Bursitis can include:

  • Pain in the shoulder
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness of the shoulder
  • Pain when extending the shoulder
Clavicle Fractures (Broken Collarbone)
**If the bone has protruded through the skin, immediately go to an Emergency Room.

The clavicle (more often referred to as the “collarbone”) is located between the sternum and the scapula and connects the arm to the rest of the upper body.  Fractures to the clavicle are most often the result of a direct impact to the shoulder such as a football hit or a car accident.  In some instances, it can also be caused by a fall onto an outstretched arm.  Most fractures occur in the middle of the bone and only occasionally occur at the beginning or end of the bone.

Symptoms of a Clavicle Fracture can include:

  • Visible “sagging” of the shoulder
  • Visible deformity of the shoulder
  • Pain or inability to lift the arm
  • Feeling of grinding bones when using the shoulder
  • Bruising or swelling over the collarbone
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