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A/C Separation (Shoulder Separation)

An injury to the Acromioclvicular joint (AC joint) is a common sports injury, often occurring as the result of a direct fall on the shoulder. Athletes engaging in contact sports such as football, wrestling, rugby, and hockey are particularly prone to this type of shoulder injury.


Commonly referred to as “frozen shoulder,” Bursitis of the shoulder generally appears in patients who have injured themselves in an activity such as tennis, volleyball or football. Sports that require the overhead rotation of the shoulder, when throwing or serving a ball.

Clavicle Fractures (Broken Collarbone)

In Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics, the collarbone is considered part of the shoulder. A clavicle fracture is a very common sports injury, affecting athletes regularly. Football players, soccer players, hockey players, and rugby players routinely suffer from broken collarbones.

Impingement Syndrome

Overuse of the shoulder via repetitive use can leads to shoulder impingement syndrome. Athletes, who routinely exert the Rotator Cuff by extending the arm overhead, may first notice a mild pain in the shoulder.

Labrum Tear

Falling directly on your shoulder, or falling with an outstretched arm, which is common for football players, may result in a Labrum tear. Other high contact sports, such as hockey and wrestling can also put you in a position to suffer a Labrum tear.

Pectoralis Ruptures

When the tendons that attach the Pectoralis Major Muscle (the large muscle in front of the chest way) to the arm bone tear completely, athletes report a Pectoralis Rupture. These injuries which are far more common in men than in women, can potentially happen to any athlete.

Rotator Cuff Tear

One of the most common injuries Dr. Nadel sees in patients is a Rotator Cuff tear. Rotator Cuff tears typically require Arthroscopic Surgery in order to remove the damaged tissue that is impinging on the Rotator Cuff tendon.

Shoulder Instability

Shoulder instability is a common nuisance for athletes and non-athletes alike. Swimmers, tennis players, and volleyball players report shoulder instability frequently, as do those who have previously suffered a dislocated shoulder.


In instances where surgery is not required to treat your sports injury, Dr. Nadel is pleased to offer a variety of non-surgical treatments to alleviate your pain while you recover.