Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder injuries are common among athletes involved in overhead activities such as throwing and individuals who do a significant amount of lifting or overhead work/activities. Common shoulder injuries treated by the Temple Sports Medicine team include:

Treatments for shoulder injuries include:

  • Shoulder arthroscopy – This procedure is performed by inserting a tiny camera, called an arthroscope, through a small incision in the skin. The arthroscope displays images on a monitor to help guide the surgeon in using miniature surgical instruments to examine or repair the tissue inside or around the shoulder joint. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that is often done on an outpatient basis and can offer less risk of complications, quicker recovery times and less scarring than open surgery.
  • Rotator cuff surgery/revision surgery – The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that form a cuff over the shoulder joint. This cuff holds the arm in its joint and helps the shoulder joint to move. Rotator cuff surgery is typically performed to repair a torn tendon in this area and can be done using a traditional incision or with shoulder arthroscopy.
  • Labrum/instability surgery – Shoulder instability can be caused by overuse or injury and occurs when connective tissue in the shoulder joint loosens. This causes the bones forming the joint to move out of the shoulder socket. Surgery to repair the tissue and correct the instability can be performed with traditional open surgery or arthroscopy.
  • Physical therapy – This non-invasive approach to care uses specially designed exercises and equipment to treat orthopaedic disease and injury. Physical therapy can help patients regain or improve their physical abilities and is often the first line of treatment used at Temple Sports Medicine.

Cory Keller, DO - Overhead & Throwing Injuries

Temple Sports Medicine physician Cory Keller, DO, explains how repeated throwing or overuse can cause injuries to the shoulder and how they can be treated at Temple.


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