Whether your sport of choice is a high-contact one (like football or hockey) or one that involves repetitive movements (such as tennis or golf), it’s very common for athletes to sustain shoulder injuries. Fortunately, those in Durham, North Carolina, and nearby communities can turn to North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic for treatment. We’ve been serving patients in this area since 2003, and we’re proud to offer treatment for a wide array of shoulder sports injuries.
What Shoulder Sports Injuries Do We Treat?
At North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic, our fellowship-trained physicians can treat virtually any sports injury affecting the shoulder. Some of the most common shoulder injuries we see include:
- Rotator cuff tears — These injuries often happen gradually over time (they’re common among swimmers, baseball players, and tennis players), but you could also tear your rotator cuff by falling onto an outstretched arm.
- Shoulder instability — After performing the same overhead movement again and again, or repeatedly sustaining impacts in a high-contact sport, the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in your shoulder can weaken. This makes it easier for your shoulder to dislocate, either completely or partially.
- SLAP tears — Short for “superior labral tear from anterior to posterior,” SLAP tears typically develop from repeatedly performing the same overhead motion over time, such as throwing a baseball or swinging a tennis racket.
We take a patient-centered approach to treatment, and that means that we generally recommend conservative, nonsurgical treatment options whenever possible. If your shoulder sports injury requires surgery, however, you’ll be glad to know that we have experience performing a variety of shoulder procedures. And, in many cases, we’re able to complete those procedures arthroscopically, which can greatly reduce your recovery time and minimize your risk of complications.
Schedule an Appointment
If you’ve sustained a shoulder sports injury in the Durham, NC, area, contact North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced providers.