Shoulder Injuries Specialist

Scott M. Taylor, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon located in Oakland, CA

Shoulder injuries can have a significantly negative impact on your daily routine, making it difficult to put shirts on and raise your arm. Dr. Scott Taylor of Scott M. Taylor, M.D., A Professional Corporation in Oakland, California, is proud to provide effective treatments for shoulder injuries. Call or schedule an appointment online today.

Shoulder Injuries Q & A

What is a shoulder injury?

A shoulder injury occurs when the bones, tendons, ligaments, or muscles of the shoulder or shoulder joint become damaged or hurt.

Shoulder injuries can range from mild to severe. Some common shoulder injuries include:

  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Clavicle fracture
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Labral tears
  • Superior labrum anterior and posterior tear
  • Sprains
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Tendinitis
  • Frozen shoulder


What causes a shoulder injury?

Several activities and conditions can cause shoulder injuries. Typically, your shoulder becomes injured through everyday wear and tear, overuse, aging, or a specific injury that you’ve suffered. Some of the most common causes of a shoulder injury include:

  • Sport activities
  • Work-related tasks, such as lifting an item over your head
  • Projects around the home, like gardening and painting
  • Falls
  • Cartilage breakdown
  • Calcium buildup
  • Infection

 It’s important to note that the shoulder joint has the greatest range of motion in your body, making it more likely to sustain an injury.


What are the symptoms of a shoulder injury?

Symptoms of a shoulder injury will vary from case to case, depending on the severity of the injury and how you sustained the injury. Common symptoms include:

  • Pain when moving your arm
  • Pain in the shoulder while your arm is at rest
  • Swelling
  • Limited range of motion
  • Popping or clicking when moving your shoulder
  • Weakness or instability in your shoulder


How are shoulder injuries treated?

Dr. Taylor can treat shoulder treatments in several ways, but how he does it depends on the severity of your case. Minor shoulder injuries are typically treatable with rest, medication, and physical therapy.

Surgery might be necessary for treating more severe cases, such as a clavicle fracture or recurring shoulder dislocations. In these instances, Dr. Taylor may recommend the following surgeries:

  • Shoulder dislocation surgery
  • Open reduction internal fixation
  • Total shoulder replacement
  • Labral tear repair
  • Superior labrum anterior to posterior repair
  • Subacromial decompression repair

If you’re suffering from pain or immobility in your shoulder, it’s important to seek medical help as soon as possible. Call or schedule an appointment online with Scott M. Taylor, M.D., A Professional Corporation for a consultation.