Sports injuries are common during physical activity, such as exercise or playing a sport. Certain individuals are at increased risk if they:
Fractures. Also referred to as broken bones.
Dislocations. Occurs when a bone is forced out of its socket; may feel painful and lead to swelling and weakness.
Rotator cuff injury. Characterized by a tear in the four pieces of muscle that work together to form the rotator cuff, which keeps the shoulder mobile.
Symptoms that require emergency care include:
To diagnose the injury, doctors will need to perform a physical examination, review the patient’s medical history, and see results of imaging scans, such as X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans.