Dr. Carlos Rebollón
Treatment of shoulder injuries in Panama
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Treatment of Shoulder Injuries in Panama
Shoulder injuries can originate either naturally (due to excessive use of the joint) or as a result of sudden trauma. Based on my medical experience, I can say that the cases I most commonly encounter in my consultations are:
It is a painful condition that arises from the inflammation of the shoulder bursae. With the appropriate treatment, it is possible to correct the injury in days; however, it is a problem that has a high likelihood of recurrence.
It is a painful condition that results from inflammation of the shoulder bursae. With proper treatment, it is possible to correct the injury in days; however, it is a problem that has a high likelihood of recurrence.
Shoulder fractures are traumatic injuries that usually occur at the upper end of the humerus, with frequent causes including blunt blows to the area or falls onto an outstretched arm.
Shoulder dislocation occurs when the humeral head comes out of its location within the scapula. It is a painful injury that requires immediate medical attention.
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Bursae are small synovial sacs that surround joints, providing protection and cushioning to the muscles, tendons, and bones of the shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees. Bursitis occurs when the joint is exposed to excessive, constant, or repetitive movements too frequently.
Although it is an injury with an easy initial treatment, it is necessary for the patient to take the respective rest time to achieve complete recovery. Likewise, it is advisable to avoid new traumas in the area.
Symptoms of shoulder bursitis
Tendons are connective tissues that help attach muscles to bones. When these tendons are strained or overloaded due to repetitive movements over a long period, tendinitis can occur.
Tendinitis is a condition that is entirely curable, but if not treated correctly, there is a high probability of complications and a risk of tendon rupture. When the shoulder tendons tear, the chances of the patient needing surgery for repair increase.
Symptoms of shoulder tendinitis
Shoulder fractures generally occur at the upper end of the humerus. Some of these fractures can be treated with an arm sling; however, more severe fractures may require surgical treatment.
The complexity of the fracture is assessed through an X-ray, and these results will determine the most suitable procedure for the patient.
Symptoms of a shoulder fracture
Dislocation occurs when the humeral head suffers traumatic injuries that cause it to come out of its socket. The pain associated with a dislocation is very severe and requires immediate attention.
Dislocations have various types that vary according to their origin and the conditions present in the patient (complete dislocation, open, closed, recurrent, subluxation, among others).
Symptoms of shoulder dislocation
Causes of Shoulder Injuries
The main causes of shoulder injuries include:
When to See a Doctor for a Symptom?
In the presence of a shoulder injury, it is important to see a doctor when experiencing the following:
Furthermore, if the injury was caused by a severe accident or trauma, seeking immediate medical attention is essential.
In general, if you have any symptoms or persistent shoulder pain that does not improve after a few days, it is advisable to seek the help of a shoulder specialist to obtain an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. In cases of severe injuries, immediate medical attention can be crucial to prevent further damage.
If a shoulder injury is not treated in a timely manner, there is a risk of worsening the injury and causing additional complications. Moreover, it may prolong the recovery time required to return to daily activities.
Common complications in these cases include: