Wisconsin Medical Group’s Milwaukee shoulder specialists help treat and diagnose shoulder injuries that occurred at the workplace or were caused by someone else's negligence (personal injury). We work directly with attorneys, paralegals, and law firms to help ensure you or your clients’ treatment and injuries are well-documented. Contact us today to request your initial appointment or to learn more.
Common Shoulder Injuries We Treat
We see and treat shoulder injuries ranging from minor to severe. Some of the most common injuries we diagnose and treat include:
- Sprains and strains: A sprain is an injury to a ligament, while a strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon. These types of injuries are often caused by overuse or sudden, intense movements.
- Fractures: A fracture is a break to the bone. Shoulder fractures can occur in the collarbone (clavicle), upper arm bone (humerus), or shoulder blade (scapula).
- Dislocations: A dislocation occurs when the upper arm bone is forced out of the shoulder joint. This can cause damage to the surrounding ligaments and tendons if not treated.
- Tendinitis and bursitis: Tendinitis is inflammation of a tendon, while bursitis is inflammation of a bursa. These conditions can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in the shoulder.
- Rotator cuff injuries: A rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that attach the shoulder blade to the upper arm bone. Rotator cuff injuries can include tears, inflammation, and impingement.
- Frozen shoulder: Frozen shoulder is a condition that causes the shoulder joint to become stiff and painful. It is often accompanied by a loss of range of motion.
- Separated shoulder: A separated shoulder occurs when the collarbone is separated from the shoulder blade as a result of a fall or other impact.
- AC joint injuries: The AC joint is the joint at the top of the shoulder. An AC joint injury can be a sprain or separation of this joint.
- Labral tears: The labrum is a ring of cartilage that surrounds the shoulder joint. A labral tear can occur due to trauma or overuse and can cause pain, instability, and difficulty moving the arm.
- Shoulder impingement syndrome: Shoulder impingement syndrome is a condition that occurs when the tendons or bursae in the shoulder become compressed or pinched. It can cause pain, weakness, and difficulty moving the arm.
If you have pain or other symptoms in your shoulder, it is important to see a healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Common Causes of Shoulder Pain
There are many potential causes of shoulder pain, and the specific cause can vary depending on the individual and their activities. Some common activities or factors that contribute to shoulder pain include:
- Overuse injuries: Repetitive motions or activities that strain the shoulder muscles and tendons can lead to overuse injuries such as tendinitis.
- Trauma: Falls, car accidents, and other traumatic events can cause fractures, dislocations, and other injuries to the shoulder.
- Poor posture: Maintaining poor posture for extended periods of time, such as sitting at a desk or in front of a computer with poor posture, can lead to shoulder pain and muscle imbalances.
- Weak shoulder muscles: Weak shoulder muscles can contribute to shoulder pain and instability, especially in people who engage in activities that require overhead arm movement.
- Age: As we age, the risk of developing shoulder pain or injuries increases due to changes in the muscles, tendons, and bones.
If you are experiencing shoulder pain, it is important to see the Milwaukee shoulder specialists at Wisconsin Medical Group to get the diagnosis and treatment you need.
Treatment for Work-Related Shoulder Injuries
If you injured your shoulder at work or because of a situation you were put in for work, it’s important to seek medical attention while your injuries are fresh. Wisconsin Medical Group in Milwaukee diagnoses and treats work-related shoulder injuries. We will assess your injuries and provide the necessary treatment and documentation you need to fully recover.
If you’re seeking workers’ compensation for your injuries, it’s important you go with a physician like WMG to make sure you check all the necessary boxes to win the compensation you deserve. You do not have to use the physician your employer provides for your work injury. It’s necessary to work with a 3rd party physician like WMG so you get an accurate, unbiased diagnosis.
Contact us to learn more or to schedule an appointment.
How are shoulder injuries diagnosed?
Shoulder injuries are typically diagnosed through a combination of medical history, physical examination, imaging tests (such as X-rays or MRI), and other diagnostic tests as needed.
How are shoulder injuries treated?
Treatment options for shoulder injuries will depend on the specific injury and may include rest, physical therapy, medication, or surgery.