Shoulder & Elbow


Anatomy of the Shoulder

The shoulder joint has the most mobility of all joints. The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint. There are many components within the shoulder joint that allow for this mobility. The humerus or upper arm bone represents the ball, and the scapula or shoulder blade represents the socket.

The ball-and-socket functionality is what gives the shoulder joint its mobility. Another vital component of the shoulder joints mobility comes from the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff’s main function is to provide support to the shoulder and consists of many tendons and muscles that border the joint. The rotator cuff’s many tendons are protected by the bursa, which is a small bag of fluid-like solution that acts as a cushion.

The Importance of the Shoulder

Injuries to your shoulder can affect daily living. Performing activities involving throwing, such as football and baseball, can become increasingly difficult and painful. Also, lifting things above your head can become very dangerous. Some injuries make things as simple as raising your arm above your head very difficult and painful. Because of the shoulders wide-range of mobility and functionality, you can imagine the difficulties having an injury or pain can cause. If you’re dealing with pain or loss of motion, please contact one of our highly trained specialists. Take the next step towards a pain free lifestyle by scheduling an appointment today.

Anatomy of the Elbow

The elbow is a hinge joint, which basically means that the motion of the elbow is limited to one plane or direction. The elbow consists of three bones. Those three bones are the humerus, radius, and ulna. The radius and ulna are the two bones that help makeup the forearm. These two bones are slightly curved and attached to many muscles in the arm. The ulna is larger and longer than the radius.

The inside area of your elbow, closest to your body, features the ulnar collateral ligament, which contributes much of the solidity and stability to the elbow joint.

The Importance of the Elbow

The elbow is a very important part of the arm. The motion the elbow performs helps you with rotating the forearm, intricate hand motions, and increases power to the upper body. Elbow injuries are easily ignored and to most, may not seem as serious as an injury to the knee or hip. Unfortunately, if left untreated, injures to the elbow can have long-term effects. If you are injured, or are experiencing elbow pain, please follow up with one of our physician specialists.

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Albany, GA 31721
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