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Shouldering Too Much of the Burden Can Be Painful

May 26, 2022

Whether you’re a weightlifter, tennis player, gardener, or the parent of a newborn, you’re giving your shoulders quite a workout. Our shoulders are responsible for many of the athletic actions and day-to-day movements we take for granted. That’s why the expression “shouldering the burden” is so common, because our shoulders do, indeed, shoulder the burden of so many tasks.

That’s why some four million people in the U.S. suffer shoulder injuries each year, including strains, sprains, fractures, and dislocations. While some injuries may resolve over time with rest, others can benefit from the expertise of the orthopedist at Nutley Orthopaedic Group, who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting our muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments. When your condition is limiting your range of motion and affecting your ability to do your job, handle daily responsibilities, or participate in the activities you love, it’s time to visit a specialist.

The shoulder is a combination of bones, muscles and tendons that permit your arm to perform a wide range of motions. Constant use of the shoulder puts it at risk for injuries due to repetitive movements, overuse, and just plain wear and tear. Arthritis, torn or inflamed tendons, and fractures are among the most common ailments of the shoulder. Instability — when the arm bone slips out of the shoulder socket — and impingements — when the shoulder blade rubs against underlying soft tissue — are also common.

Our orthopedist performs a thorough examination, uses imaging technology, and evaluates each patient’s medical history before making a diagnosis. When possible we may prescribe conservative measures like rest and anti-inflammatory medication to ease pain and restore mobility. Surgery may be warranted if the injury is not responding to these efforts.

The orthopedist at Nutley Orthopaedic Group uses the most modern, minimally invasive treatments and procedures to evaluate and address each patient’s condition. When you’re tired of shouldering the burden yourself, let us help. Please contact our office today for an appointment.