How is a Shoulder Throwing Injury Diagnosed?
Dr. Yau diagnoses throwing injuries in the overhead athlete by performing a history and physical examination. During the physical examination, Dr. Yau will look at range of motion, stability and strength of the shoulder joint. X-rays, MRI and CT scan may also be obtained to identify and confirm the diagnosis.
What is the Treatment for a Shoulder Throwing Injury?
It is critical throwing injuries are treated as quickly as possible so they do not progress into more severe, complex shoulder conditions.
The majority of patients will begin treatment without surgery. Dr. Yau commonly prescribes rest, ice, activity modifications, anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy aimed at strengthening the joint and improving range of motion. Occasionally, a corticosteroid injection may be given for symptom relief and to help facilitate physical therapy.
If shoulder pain and other symptoms are not alleviated with conservative measures, Dr. Yau may recommend a surgical treatment. The type of surgery performed will depend on several factors, such as age, injury type and severity. Many throwing injuries requiring surgery can be treated through an arthroscopic approach. During the minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Yau will identify and repair the damaged tissues.
If you are suffering from shoulder pain caused by throwing injuries, please contact Dr. Jervis Yau, orthopedic shoulder specialist in the Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Ventura, California communities.