From scratching your back to painting or playing sports, the shoulder can let you move further and in more ways than any other joint. But this flexibility also makes the shoulders unstable and likely to get injured, especially from sports, physical work, and accidents. Arthritis and inflammation from wear and tear over time also common.

Shoulder problems can be very painful and make it hard to move. Some problems only hurt when you move your shoulder. Others hurt all of the time.

What is the Shoulder?

The shoulder is a joint with three bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. The bones are:

  • Collarbone (clavicle).
  • Shoulder blade (scapula).
  • Upper arm bone (humerus).

The upper arm bone fits into the shoulder blade, like a ball and socket. But because the ball of the upper arm is larger than the socket in the shoulder blade, it’s not stable.

Muscles, tendons, and ligaments hold the shoulder in place and keep it stable:

  • Muscles are tissue that helps your shoulder move and powers up your body. (Tissue is the material that helps support your body).
  • Tendons are tough but flexible cords of tissue that connect muscle to bone.
  • Ligaments are tough bands of tissue that connect bones or cartilage. They support and strengthen joints. Cartilage is the tough but flexible tissue that covers the ends of your bones at the shoulder joint. It helps the shoulder move smoothly and cushions and protects it.

Get the Best Shoulder Care Right in Your Neighborhood

Finding the treatment that’s right for your shoulder problem is our focus at The Orthopedic Health Center. We use non-surgical treatments whenever possible. When you do need surgery, our expert surgeons help you heal faster and with less pain. All right in your neighborhood: Jersey City, New Jersey.

Getting better has never been easier.