Your shoulders give your arms the range of motion they need to carryout everyday activities. You can turn and rotate your arm in many directions, all thanks to the shoulder’s ball and socket joint made up of the humerus, clavicle, and scapula.
But there’s a catch: being the most flexible body part means that it is also prone to many types of disabling injuries. In fact, shoulder pain and other problems have a lifetime prevalence of 70%, with an incidence rate of 14.7 per 1000 patients per year.
Furthermore, out of all bodily injuries, those in the shoulders are the most common, especially in gymnasts (7.5%), baseball players (17.7%), and other athletes. One common injury, in particular, is shoulder dislocations. Learn more about this specific injury and its treatment options below.
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