The shoulders are one of the most versatile joints in the body due to the design, which includes many muscles, tendons and ligaments. The soft tissue allows flexibility to rotate the shoulder joint and arm up to 180 degrees in different directions. While versatile, the shoulder is also prone to soft tissue injuries, including sprains and strains of these soft tissues. At CLEAR Wellness Group in Chicago, our pain physicians offer diagnosis and shoulder sprain or strain treatment to relieve pain and improve function.

What is a Shoulder Sprain?

A shoulder sprain involves damage to the ligaments that support the shoulder joint. Most shoulder sprains involve the ligaments of the acromioclavicular (AC) joint, and stretching or tearing these ligaments can result in shoulder sprain or separation. Trauma or direct blows to the shoulder could result in shoulder separation, often caused by accidents or contact sports. Repetitive overhead arm motions can also cause a shoulder sprain, common in throwing or racket sports. Shoulder sprains result in pain, stiffness, loss of mobility and weakness in the shoulder, as well as deformity if the bones are separated.

What is a Shoulder Strain?

The shoulder contains muscles and tendons that create the rotator cuff inside the glenohumeral joint. Tearing or stretching the tendons or muscles in the shoulder can cause a shoulder strain. Falling on an outstretched arm or other trauma can damage the rotator cuff, or repetitive motions can result in a shoulder strain. Pain, weakness and limited range of motion in the shoulder are common with a shoulder strain.

Most mild shoulder strains and sprains can heal with rest, ice and the use of OTC anti-inflammatory medications for pain. However, moderate to severe shoulder sprains and strains may require treatment and rehabilitation. If you are suffering from pain and dysfunction in your shoulder, contact us at CLEAR Wellness Group. We offer shoulder sprain or strain treatment and pain relief at our clinic in Chicago.