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Shoulder Ligament Injuries

An Understanding of The Shoulder

Overuse, wear and tear, repetitive motion, trauma, and aging can all contribute to injury and/or deterioration of shoulder joints.

Ligaments are what help hold together the shoulder joints. These ligaments can be damaged/torn when acute shoulder injury occurs.

Many people understand that the shoulder is made up of a ball and socket, along with a trio of bones all held together by ligaments, muscles and tendons.

You likely recognize the names of these three bones:

  • The humerus (upper arm bone)
  • The clavicle (collarbone)
  • The scapula (shoulder blade)

The shoulder can become easily injured due to the fact that its range of motion is greater than any other joint. And shoulder joints are frequently moving with any arm movement we make. Because movement of the shoulder is so frequent, it is more likely

to experience problems or injury to shoulder joints.

Shoulder injury can occur from:

  • unnatural bending/twisting or over-stretching of shoulder tendon
  • trauma to the shoulder (falling on the shoulder, direct impact or blow to the shoulder )

Signs & Symptoms of Injury

Sudden injury and overuse are common causes of shoulder pain.

Many of us have experienced muscle pain in the shoulder periodically. Aches and pains in the shoulder come and go and may be caused by muscle tension, arthritis (loss of cartilage that cushions the joint), an accumulation of calcium in shoulder tendons, or a pinched nerve.

But an acute injury can suddenly bring on severe pain, immediate swelling, bruising, and–with some injuries–numbness, tingling and weakness may be experienced down the arm and into the hand.

Injuries considered to be acute include:

  • Contusions (bruising)
  • Sprains (ligament injuries)
  • Strains (to muscles)
  • Shoulder separation (due to torn ligaments)
  • Torn Rotator Cuff (damage to tendon)
  • Fracture (broken bone)
  • Dislocation (bones out of place)


At his practice serving Newport Beach and Irvine orthopedic patients, Dr. Venuto sees patients almost every day with a variety of shoulder injuries and disorders. If you are experiencing shoulder pain, now is the time to make an appointment. Call Dr. Venuto today at 949-759-3600 or send us an email to schedule your visit.

Some signs that you need medical attention:

  • Inability to move the shoulder joint freely and comfortably
  • Deformity or persistent swelling around the joint
  • Throbbing or other pain that lasts more than a few days
  • Fever, redness, warmth, or tenderness around the shoulder
  • Any other unusual symptoms or pain

Treatment will largely depend upon the type and extent of your injury, as well as your age, activity level and overall health.

A treatment plan may include rest, physical therapy, medication, non- surgical therapy to accelerate healing–such as PRP (platelet-rich plasma), and/or shoulder arthroscopy.

Get the help you need now.

Call Dr. Venuto at 949-759-3600 or SEND US AN EMAIL to schedule your appointment.

Pay Attention to Early Warning Signs…

At his orthopedic practice in Newport Beach serving Costa Mesa, Irvine, and all of Orange County, Dr. Venuto sees patients almost every day who are living with various orthopedic conditions of the knee or shoulder. Paying attention to early warning signs can help lead to earlier treatment, which itself may minimize the pain and disability associated with your condition.

Call Dr. Venuto today at 949-759-3600 or send us an email to schedule your visit.

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