At Rapid Orthopaedic Care, we treat a variety of shoulder injuries. Whether it is an injury on the field, around the house or that nagging pain you have had for a few weeks – our Orthopaedic Specialists can diagnose and treat your injury. We have on-site X-Ray as well as evening and weekend hours at our location in West Olympia so that you can be seen on your schedule.
Some of the common shoulder injuries we treat include:
It is important to be seen immediately for persistent shoulder pain or swelling as this can be the sign of an underlying injury such as an injury to the ligaments, tendons or bones of the shoulder.
Rotator Cuff Tears
The rotator cuff is a grouping of 4 muscles within the shoulder that meet to form tendons around the head of the shoulder. These tendons help provide stability to the shoulder as well as hold the shoulder in the socket. The rotator cuff can be damaged due to a sudden impact, overuse, arthritis or a fall onto an outstretched arm. Although the severity of a rotator cuff tear can vary from partial tears to complete tears, common symptoms include pain, pain that is worse at night, difficulty raising and lowering the arm or a “cracking” feeling when raising the arm.
Shoulder Fracture and Dislocations
Shoulder fractures and dislocations most commonly occur during contact sports, but can also be the result of a sudden accident or slip and fall. If the shoulder is dislocated, it means that one of the bones of the shoulder has been shifted outside of its normal position in the joint. If the shoulder is fractured, it means that one of the bones that comprise the shoulder joint has been broken. The severity of the fracture can vary, but if any portion of the bone is visible outside of the skin, please go to nearest Emergency Room. Common symptoms of shoulder dislocations and fractures include pain, a “popping” or “snapping” sound when the injury occurred, bruising, swelling or a visible deformity under the skin.
Shoulder Labrum Tears
The socket of the shoulder joint is lined with a ring of cartilage, known as the labrum, which provides stability to the shoulder joint and allows it to move smoothly in multiple directions. Damage to this cartilage can often occur as the result of a sudden impact, forceful change in the direction of the shoulder or a fall onto an outstretched arm. The severity of the damage to the labrum can vary, but common symptoms include pain in the shoulder, swelling, stiffness, difficulty lifting objects overhead or a feeling of locking in the shoulder joint.
Around the shoulder joint, small fluid-filled sacs (known as the bursa) help the shoulder joint glide smoothly in the socket. Repetitive actions such as throwing, lifting or pulling can cause these sacs to become inflamed or irritated. Common symptoms of shoulder bursitis include pain in the shoulder, swelling, stiffness or difficulty lifting objects overhead.
ROC: West Olympia
3901 Capital Mall Drive SW Olympia, WA 98502
Hours: 7 Day A Week | 10AM – 5:30PM
We have X-Ray on site!
We understand that your time is valuable. That's why we've setup our Orthopaedic Urgent Care facility with on-site X-Ray imaging so that you if your injury requires a further look, the technology is available to you immediately.