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Immediate Orthopaedic Care Can Help Heal a Young Athlete's Shoulder
Date:2/2/2009

New findings indicate that early surgery for acute shoulder dislocation may provide the best results

ROSEMONT, Ill., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Each year approximately 45 million children and adolescents participate in organized athletics and that number is on the rise. Two types of shoulder injuries that occur in these young athletes appear to respond well to specialized orthopaedic care. According to a paper published in the February 2009 issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery titled, "Adolescent Shoulder Injuries: Consensus and Controversies," surgically repairing a dislocated shoulder can significantly reduce the likelihood of a young athlete having a reoccurring injury.

Patients with shoulder dislocations may also benefit from early arthroscopic surgery. "Studies show that performing arthroscopic surgery to repair the labrum (the firm rubbery tissue around the rim of the shoulder socket that is important for maintaining shoulder stability) following an initial shoulder dislocation in young patients results in better patient-reported outcomes and reduces the chance of a second dislocation from more than 80 percent to less than 10 percent," said Dr. Dean Taylor, co-author of the paper and Orthopaedic Surgeon and Professor of Surgery at Duke University Medical Center.

Taylor says this type of procedure helps repair the shoulder anatomy close to what it was before the dislocation. He says "all young patients that have a shoulder dislocation should see an orthopaedic surgeon soon after the injury to discuss both non-operative and surgical treatment options."

Unlike shoulder dislocations, overuse injuries develop over time due to repeated stress applied to the throwing shoulder. Many young athletes are competing and practicing year-round, often focusing on a single sport. This year-round repetitive activity places increased stress on a young athlete's mus
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SOURCE American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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