The shoulders and elbows are two of the most important joints in the human body. The shoulder allows the upper body to perform a wide range of movements, while the elbow connects the arm and the forearm, allowing the forearm and hand to be moved away and towards the body. Since these joints are constantly used on a daily basis, they are prone to strains and overuse, which can lead to elbow and shoulder joint injuries.
The most common shoulder injuries are shoulder sprain, shoulder arthritis and rotator cuff tendinitis. Shoulder sprains typically affect athletes who are likely to overuse and overstretch muscles and ligaments in the shoulder. Shoulder arthritis develops when the cartilage inside the shoulder joints become diseased and worn away. Rotator cuff tendinitis happens when tendons in the shoulder become irritated or inflamed.
Common types of elbow injuries include hyperextension, which happens when the elbow is over-extended by force, causing the ligament to tear. A sudden and strong impact can lead to a sprained elbow, in which the medial collateral ligament becomes stretched or torn. Accidents, falls and direct blows can also increase one’s risk of having an elbow fracture.
Shoulder injuries in Singapore may be identified by signs and symptoms such as:
On the other hand, symptoms of an elbow injury may include:
People experiencing any of the above signs and symptoms should seek medical care, especially if pain is debilitating and movement has been significantly limited. Diagnostic tests to identify the type of injury sustained may include:
In mild cases, ample rest, appropriate ice and heat therapy may suffice. In moderate cases, immobilisation, physiotherapy and medications may be needed. If the pain persists, or if the injury was too severe to begin with, doctors may recommend surgery to treat it. Common surgical procedures include:
The Bone and Joint Centre is an orthopaedic clinic in Singapore that diagnoses and treats a complete range of orthopaedic problems, including shoulder and elbow injuries:
At The Bone and Joint Centre, we are well-equipped to perform a full range of diagnostic tests and treatments for all shoulder and elbow conditions. Contact us for a detailed assessment today.
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