Help for Knee, Hip and Shoulder Pain in West Hills
Regardless which sport you play or which activity you enjoy most, your hips, knees and shoulders are subject to all kinds of injuries and conditions. Painful knee, hip and shopulder joints are most common, and joint pain or chronic pain disorders often affects more than just one joint.
Your Knee Pain
How often have your heard about a professional athlete tearing his ACL? The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is a strong ligament in the front inside your knee. Tearing it is both painful and debilitating. You can also tear the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and the collateral ligaments (MCL and LCL), all of which work together to support your knees. You can fracture or dislocate your knee, tear the meniscus or tear a tendon, too.
Your Hip Pain
Hip injuries and pelvic pain are generally more common among older athletes and weekend warriors. They can suffer a wide variety of acute, subacute and chronic injuries. These affect the large hip joint itself and the surrounding soft tissues. The types of injuries around the hip vary with the age of the athlete. Younger athletes rarely sustain hip injuries, but older athletes can have arthritis, bursitis, chronic pain and tendonitis.
Your Shoulder Pain
The most mobile joint in the human body is also one of those most prone to injury. Your shoulders are subject to muscle tears, rotator cuff injuries, adhesive capsulitis (better known as “frozen shoulder”), impingement syndrome and many other conditions. We help relieve your pain disorders and restore your function with a variety of interventional pain treatments and pain management procedures designed to get you back to your sport without pain.
ANATOMY OF THE SHOULDER
The shoulder is the most flexible joint in our body. Its flexibility allows us to move and rotate the arm in many positions: to the front, above, to the side, and behind your body. The area where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into the scapula (shoulder blade) forms the shoulder joint. The shoulder is absolutely essential for the movement of the upper part of your body and every possible injury should be examined by an orthopedic shoulder doctor.
There are three important bones in the shoulder:
- Acromion – bony projection off the scapula
- Clavicle (collarbone) – meets the acromion in the acromioclavicular joint
- Cracoid process – hook-like bony projection from the scapula
Besides these three important bones, the shoulder joint consists of three important bone structures as well:
- Rotator cuff – it is formed of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder. The rotator cuff’s main function is to support shoulder’s stability and allow a wide range motion
- Bursa – a small fluid sac that protects the tendons of the rotator cuff
- Labrum – it forms a cup for the humerus’s head to fit into
Learn more about knee, hip and shoulder pain relief at California Spine & Pain Institute. Call 855.HEAL.PAIN or 818.225.0045, or use our convenient Request an Appointment form.