Surgical and non-surgical treatments for shoulder overuse injuries
Shoulder and scapular disorders are very common in overhead sports, e.g. ball sports, swimming, kite surfing, windsurfing, snowboarding and gymnastics, but also in extensive computer work. A luxation trauma (fall on the extended arm) of the shoulder and a following instability needs to be diagnosed and treated. Otherwise labrum tears/ligament tears or cartilage damages may become the reason for early osteoarthritis.
The shoulder girdle is a very complex system co-working with the spine and chest. The aim is to rebalance muscle function and coordination in the shoulder and thoracic system.
Some injuries leading to pain syndromes (calcification of the rotator cuff or painful impingement) or tears in the rotator tendon system require arthroscopic surgery procedures.
The aim is always to stabilize the rotation center of the shoulder joint and to balance the complete scapular-thoracic system. A continued dysfunction with shifts in the center will ultimately create pain, disorders in the upper back, osteoarthritis of the shoulder joint and reduce mobility.