Shoulder[shohl-der] – Anatomy. The part of each side of the body in humans, at the top of the trunk, extending from each side of the base of the neck to the region where the arm articulates with the trunk.

Shoulder Conditions

A shoulder injury—either by accident or overuse—can occur in more than one area because of the shoulder’s anatomic complexity and surrounding muscles, tendons, ligaments, labrum and cartilage. Systemic illness or disease also can affect your shoulder; however, overuse is a common cause of an injury which typically results from:

  • Repetitive throwing
  • Overhead racquet or hitting sports
  • Swimming
  • Weight lifting
  • Occupations requiring overhead work, heavy lifting, reaching or repetitive work

Most people know immediately when they injure their shoulder because of pain, lack of mobility and inability to participate in daily activities. If you experience any of these symptoms, do not put off making an appointment to be examined and treated. Delay and neglect are the biggest reasons small and correctable injuries become larger and more difficult to treat—even resulting in a permanent disability.

Some of the more common shoulder injuries and conditions

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