Shoulder Injuries in Sports

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

In athletes, the high stress of throwing a ball or hitting a ball are repeated many times and can lead to a wide range of overuse injuries. Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at shoulder injuries in athletes in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Athletes who often throw or strike a ball are prone to shoulder injuries. The overhead throwing or striking motion can cause pinched muscles and can damage the shoulder.

The most common cause is an uneven balance between muscles. This causes a change in the way you throw or strike the ball. Repeatedly throwing or striking with poor mechanics makes your muscles work harder.

Pain in the shoulder during the overhead motion of throwing or striking is the most common symptom. Other symptoms may include a decrease in power or accuracy or pain in your neck, elbow or lower back.

See your doctor if your symptoms affect your movement. Your doctor will look at your shoulder. He or she might want to X-ray your shoulder or do an MRI, magnetic resonance imaging.

The first step in treatment is to rest your shoulder. Stretching and strengthening exercises are also important. You may need to see a physical therapist. Some people need surgery if rest and exercise do not help.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.