Shoulder Muscle Tear: Symptoms, Tests, and Treatments
Muscle or tendon tears in the shoulder are painful injuries that may result from overuse or from a sudden injury. Shoulder muscle tears commonly occur in the deltoid muscle or the biceps tendon and are often the result of a sudden injury or overstrain of the muscle.
Our experienced staff of physicians and specialists at West Medical has treated countless cases of shoulder muscle and tendon tears and guide each patient through treatment and recovery. The surest way to regain full mobility after your shoulder muscle tear is to enlist the care of knowledgeable and experienced specialists who can provide specialized treatment.
Reach us at (855) 690-0565 to schedule an appointment or consultation with one of our experienced medical professionals and begin your route to recovery.
Symptoms of a Torn Shoulder Muscle
- Sharp and sudden pain of the upper arm and shoulder area
- Tenderness in bruising, sometimes extending as far down as the elbow
- Limited range of motion
- Weakness and lack of stability in the shoulder and sometimes elbow
- Sometimes a pop or snap can be heard when the muscle tears
Tests for a Muscle Tear of the Shoulder
Immediate treatment typically depends on whether your shoulder muscle or ligament pain has been developing over time or is the result of an accident. In either instance, however, your doctor may confirm your medical history and perform a series of motion tests to assist in diagnosing your discomfort. Your doctor may order further scans and tests, like an x-ray or an MRI, to determine the extent of your injury. If your tear was the result of a sudden injury, you doctor may order scans and then suggest a surgical course of treatment to right the torn shoulder muscle.
Treatments for Shoulder Muscle Tear
Your physician will determine the appropriate care to manage your torn shoulder muscle, but typical treatments include:
- Prescribed rest – including limiting overhead activity and using a sling to limit your shoulder muscle’s aggravation
- Anti-inflammatory medication may reduce swelling and discomfort of a possible tear
- Physical therapy exercises may be prescribed to ensure that you regain full mobility after a period of rest
- In some cases, a steroid may be injected at the shoulder ligament site to relieve pain and reduce inflammation
Sometimes surgical intervention is required in order to fully treat a shoulder muscle or tendon tear. If the symptoms of your torn muscle persist for several months, if your tear is large in scope, or if you’ve lost most function in your shoulder area, a physician may suggest surgery by an orthopedic surgeon to fully repair the ligament area.
The physicians, surgeons, and orthopedic specialists at West Medical have a long history successfully treating tears of the shoulder muscles and tendons. The staff at West Medical guides each patient through treatment and onto recovery, ensuring that those suffering from shoulder muscle or tendon injuries receive the most comprehensive care available. Additionally, West Medical’s staff of skilled surgeons provides top tier care to those afflicted with a shoulder tear that might require a surgical solution.
Contact us at (855) 690-0565 to schedule a consultation or an appointment with one of the experienced physicians at West Medical.
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