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Although the shoulder is the most movable joint in the body, it is also an unstable joint because of its range-of-motion. Because the ball of the upper arm is larger than the socket of the shoulder, it is susceptible to injury. The shoulder joint must also be supported by soft tissues - muscles, tendons, and ligaments - which are also subject to injury, overuse, and under use.
Degenerative conditions and other diseases in the body may also contribute to shoulder problems or generate pain that travels along nerves to the shoulder.
In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination (to determine range-of-motion, location of pain and level of joint instability/stability), diagnostic procedures for shoulder problems may include the following:
Specific treatment of shoulder problems will be determined by your doctor based on:
Treatment may include:
Join Baylor Irving at a free seminar on shoulder and elbow pain on Thursday, April 3, 5-6 p.m., with Adam Crawford, MD, orthopedic surgeon on the Baylor Irving medical staff. The seminar will be at the Baylor Irving conference center, 2021 N. MacArthur Blvd in Irving, Medical Office Building II, Conference Rooms 3 and 4.
For more information or to register for this free seminar, please call 1.800.4BAYLOR.
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