The word “fracture” implies a broken bone. A bone may get fractured completely or partially, and it is caused commonly by trauma due to falls, motor vehicle accidents, or sports. While many fractures are the result of high-force impact or stress, bone fractures can also occur because of certain medical conditions that weaken the bones, such as osteoporosis.
Elbow fractures and shoulder fractures, including clavicle fractures, are very painful and may be associated with bruises and swelling. You may experience numbness or weakness and may be unable to rotate your arm if you have experienced elbow or shoulder trauma. Upper extremity fractures can be treated with nonsurgical methods of casting or bracing or surgical methods of reducing the bones and fixing them in the right place with pins, screws, and plates. This is known as shoulder or elbow fracture stabilization.
Sports injuries occur when playing indoor or outdoor sports or while exercising. They can result from accidents, inadequate training, improper use of protective devices, or insufficient stretching or warm-up exercises. The most common sports injuries are sprains and strains, fractures, and dislocations.
Severe pain in your shoulders while playing your favorite sport, such as tennis, basketball, and gymnastics, may be caused by a torn ligament or dislocation of a shoulder bone. This may result from overuse of your shoulder while playing sports. Simple shoulder pain or acute injuries may be treated with conservative treatment, while chronic injuries may require surgical treatment. Repeated injuries to the shoulder, through trauma or overuse, can lead to shoulder instability or shoulder arthritis, requiring shoulder reconstruction or shoulder replacement.
If you wish to be advised on the most appropriate treatment for your sports-related injury or traumatic condition, please call (214) 720-9338 or request an appointment online.