Skiing-Related Injuries

Treatment for Shoulder Injuries from Skiing in NYC

Man skiing downhillTaking 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.