What is Shoulder Separation?

Many people think that shoulder separation is the same as a dislocated shoulder. In his latest blog, Dr. Kevin McIntyre of Burlington Sports Therapy explains that they’re actually different and shares more about shoulder separation. Here is an excerpt:

“Put your hand on your clavicle (or collar bone as many people call it) and follow it outwards as far as you can toward your shoulder; that big bump at the end on the top of your shoulder is called your acromioclavicular joint or “AC joint”. Traumatic injuries to this joint are common accounting for 9% of injuries to the shoulder. Sprain of the AC joint is often referred to as a separated shoulder.”

Check out the full article and learn more about shoulder separation, symptoms and how to treat it. One of these treatments for shoulder separation may involve wearing a shoulder brace to help support the shoulder as it heals. If you are experiencing shoulder pain or soreness, especially after a traumatic injury, consult your doctor for the appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

Rotator Cuff Degeneration

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles in the shoulder that is commonly injured. When one of these muscles is torn, it is known as a rotator cuff tear. What many people do not know is that this area of the shoulder is also extremely susceptible to injury due to aging. Dr Kevin McIntyre of Burlington Sports Therapy explains what rotator cuff degeneration is and how to help treat it. Here is an excerpt:

“Many people don’t realize that our shoulder muscles (in particular the rotator cuff muscles) can wear down with time. The concept of rotator cuff degeneration is now a well established explanation for shoulder pain for many patients over the age of 40.

Rotator Cuff Injury is Progressive

There are different theories as to how the aging rotator cuff gets injured. Sure, there can be a spectacular event which initiates all the pain, but there doesn’t have to be. For many people, an “event” of injury is what they relate the symptoms to, but there was years of tendon degeneration already occurring which perhaps made the injury inevitable.  Tendon degeneration can be considered progressive.  Over time it gets worse and worse, where at the far end of progression is a complete tear of a rotator cuff tendon.”

Check out the full article and learn more about causes and treatment for rotator cuff degeneration. In some cases, wearing a shoulder brace may help the injured area to heal. You should always speak with your doctor before treating shoulder pain and other injuries. If you’re over 40 or use your shoulder in a lot of activities and are experiencing shoulder pain, check with your doctor to see if rotator cuff degeneration is a possibility.

What is the Difference Between Shoulder Separation and Shoulder Dislocation?

Shoulder separation and shoulder dislocation are often mixed up with one another. They are very similar injuries, but they happen in different locations in the shoulder.

There are two primary joints in the shoulder. The glenohumeral joint is where your upper arm connects with your shoulder. This is also known as the “ball and socket” joint because of the way these structures are shaped. When the ball becomes partially or completely out of the socket, this is known as a shoulder dislocation.

The acromioclavicular joint (also known as the AC joint) is where your shoulder connects with your collarbone. When the structures in this area move too far apart from each other and no longer line up correctly, this is known as a shoulder separation.

Both shoulder dislocation and shoulder separation involve the bones in the area moving too far apart from each other – either partially or completely out of place. Both injuries also often include partially or fully torn ligaments. As you can see, shoulder separation and shoulder dislocation are very similar to one another. The key difference is whether you’ve injured your glenohumaral joint or your AC joint.

What is Shoulder Arthritis?

Shoulder arthritis is not as common as knee arthritis, but it’s still a very prevalent condition that affects both young and old. It occurs when the cartilage in your shoulder has been worn away or damaged… usually due to an injury or over time. It can also be worn away through rheumatoid arthritis, a disease where your body attacks its own cartilage.

Shoulder arthritis can make it difficult to move your shoulder, especially when reaching over the head. It also may cause pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. As with any injury, your doctor is the best source of advice for diagnosis and treatment. Treatment for shoulder arthritis typically involves physical therapy. Your therapist will work with you to strengthen your shoulder muscles and increase flexibility. Cold therapy, also known as cryotherapy, is also often used, in order to help reduce pain in the area. If your doctor has recommended cold therapy, you may want to check out our shoulder cold therapy products that may assist in your rehabilitation.

Rotator Cuff Tears and Treatment

The rotator cuff is an important joint in your shoulder that helps control movement in your arm. It has the largest range of motion of any of the joints in your body, and can be injured due to traumatic force or through years of use. Dr. Kevin McIntyre of Burlington Sports Therapy helps explain rotator cuff tears and treatment. Here’s an excerpt:

So you have a sore, painful shoulder and you’ve been told it’s a rotator cuff tear. But what does that mean? How do you treat a torn rotator cuff muscle? How do you know if your rotator cuff is torn? Let’s start with the basics…

What is a rotator cuff tear?

A rotator cuff tear is a very common injury affecting one (or more) of four different muscles in the shoulder. A tear can be partial or complete and can sometimes involve retraction of the tissue. Rotator cuff tears can be painful but they don’t have to be. They can often be associated with a traumatic event…but they don’t have to be! Rotator cuff tears can occur after years and years of use and are much more common in those people over 60.

Check out the full article and learn more about rotator cuff tears. Rotator cuff tears can severely impede your everyday living. If you’ve been diagnosed with a rotator cuff tear, your doctor may recommend a shoulder brace for rotator cuff tears.