Common Shoulder Injuries [Video]
Ask the Expert: Shoulder Video Series
About the video: What are the most common shoulder injuries?
Listen to our experts Brent Warner, M.D., Mark Holm, M.D., and Scott Pepin, M.D. discuss the most common injuries they see in the shoulder.
Meet Dr. Brent Warner
Dr. Warner’s approach: “As an athlete, I understand the profound impact that an injury can have on a patient’s life and well-being. My goal is to return people to activity as quickly and safely as possible, whether that’s training for an ultramarathon or walking the dog around the block.”
Dr. Warner’s education: Dr. Warner received his undergraduate degree from Duke University in Durham, NC. He completed his medical doctorate at the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, OH, and his residency took place at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC. For advanced fellowship training, he attended the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, CO.
Meet Dr. Mark Holm
Dr. Holm’s approach: “Hand and arm injuries can change your life. Timely care done with a thoughtful plan can minimize the long term effect of an injury.”
Dr. Holm’s background: Dr. Holm began his studies in South Dakota, first earning his undergraduate degree at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, and later earning his medical degree at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine in Vermillion. He went on to complete his residency at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and he also completed a Hand Surgery fellowship at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.
Meet Dr. Scott Pepin
Dr. Pepin’s approach: “Having my own personal experiences in sustaining injuries and the subsequent recovery process helps provide me insight into my own patients’ conditions and what they are going through. I also understand the importance of and strive to help return my patients back to the activities they want to do, whether that be to walk around the block or return to high-level sports performance.”
Dr. Pepin’s education: After earning his undergraduate degree at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, Dr. Pepin completed medical school at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He then went on to complete his residency at Indiana University Department of Orthopedic Surgery in Indianapolis, Indiana, as well as a Ortholndy Sports Medicine Fellowship in Indianapolis.
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The most common injuries that I see to the shoulder usually occur either in sports, where somebody’s shoulder gets, you know, pulled into an abnormal direction, or a lot of times, they’re falls. A fall on the outstretched arm can jam the whole arm up and tear the rotator cuff or dislocate the shoulder. The two most common areas in the shoulder that we address surgically usually involve rotator cuff injuries and then injuries to the labrum. And the labrum can be different types of injury depending on the type of injury pattern, such as after a shoulder dislocation or other injuries that involve more of the superior labrum.
“As an athlete, I understand the profound impact that an injury can have on a patient’s life and well-being. My goal is to return people to activity as quickly and safely as possible, whether that’s training for an ultramarathon or walking the dog around the block.”
“Having my own personal experiences in sustaining injuries and the subsequent recovery process helps provide me insight into my own patients’ conditions and what they are going through. I also understand the importance of and strive to help return my patients back to the activities they want to do, whether that be to walk around the block or return to high-level sports performance.”
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