Treatment for Shoulder Injuries from Skiing in NYC
Taking a fall while skiing is usually no big deal. But “bad” falls happen and may lead to injuries requiring medical attention. The shoulder often bears the brunt of a skiing fall and common shoulder injuries include dislocations, clavicle and proximal-humerus fractures, rotator cuff injuries and acromioclavicular joint (ACJ) sprains. The severity of a shoulder injury often depends upon the type of fall a skier takes. Twisting falls may dislocate the shoulder by wrenching it out of its socket. Using a hand to break a fall while keeping the arm straight out transfers the full force of the fall onto the shoulder, and a clavicle fracture may result. Falling directly on the shoulder may cause rotator cuff injuries, proximal humerus fractures or acromioclavicular joint sprains. And any sudden wrenching or jamming of the shoulder can cause a rotator-cuff injury. In contrast, skiing-related elbow injuries are not that common. Yet, when they do happen, it is usually from a direct hit to the elbow, or from using a hand to block a fall, resulting in the force from the fall traveling up the arm to the elbow. Don’t delay treatment for skiing injuries, so you can get back onto the slopes.