Martha Jefferson Healthwise: Shoulder Injuries

By: Stephanie Satchell
By: Stephanie Satchell

May 30, 2013

Summer is almost here and as kids get out of school and parents get ready for vacations, doctors are reminding folks to be careful.

Dr. Matthew Panzarella is an orthopedic surgeon at Atlantic Coast Orthopaedic Specialists in Albemarle County.

He says this time of year people come in with lots of shoulder injuries like a dislocated shoulder or a rotator cuff tear.

Rotator cuff tear injuries take place when the muscle of your rotator cuff and the tendon tears off the bone. It often happens gradually overtime, but may also happen all of a sudden and need surgery.

A dislocated shoulder happens when the ball of the shoulder joint comes out of the socket and often happens while playing sports or after a fall, but can quickly be fixed.

“If you dislocate your shoulder, you want to seek medical treatment right away. The longer it's been out the harder it is to get back in and the more damage it can do to the shoulder,” said Dr. Matthew Panzarella, Orthopedic Surgeon, Albemarle Coast Orthopaedic Specialists.

Dr. Panzarella says the younger you are the more likely you are to repeat a dislocation.
As you get older, the incidents decrease.

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