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Shoulder Bursitis and Impingement

Shoulder Bursitis and Impingement

The rotator cuff is made up of 4 muscles that attach to the ball of the ball and socket joint known as the shoulder. There is a space between the rotator cuff and the bone that lies directly above it. On top of the muscle is a bursa that allows the muscles to glide against the bone easily. When the bursa becomes inflamed it is called bursitis. Here is the shoulder with its 4 muscles. When you lift your arm overhead, there is a tendency for the...

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Pectoralis Major Tears/Rupture

Pectoralis Major Tears/Rupture

This may come as weird to a lot of people but there are certain injuries that orthopedic surgeons enjoy taking care of. I love taking care of rotator cuff tears, labral tears, meniscal tears, and ACL tears. Pectoralis major ruptures, which are much less common than those above, also fall into this category. It is an injury that is very satisfying to treat. There is such a noticeable deformity that occurs with this injury that when you fix them,...

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Multidirectional Shoulder Instability

Multidirectional Shoulder Instability

Our last post talked about anterior instability of the shoulder especially with dislocations or subluxation events.  I have seen this with overhead squats or snatches. What if someone is loose or unstable in different directions? What are the symptoms that can occur and how does this happen? If someone has loose ligaments then they may have something called multidirectional instability.  Typically this can occur in females from 20 to 50 years...

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All out effort

All out effort

Just saw this picture from the Games. Reminded me of the all out effort that was seen by tremendous athletes like...

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Shoulder Instability

Shoulder Instability

Has anyone told you that you are UNSTABLE?  An unstable shoulder can be very dramatic or more often a silent issue that rears its ugly head only in certain situations or movements. Who would have thought that your shoulder could give way on you? What does giving way mean?  People will describe looseness, laxity, a weak feeling, instability, that their shoulder is not in the right place. Normally a shoulder provides stability with ligaments,...

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Arthroscopy‏

Arthroscopy‏

Many people have taken surgery and its recovery for granted. Some think a knee arthroscopy is like getting their teeth cleaned with little recovery time and little inconvenience to people’s schedules and their day to day activity. It was not that long ago where surgery on the knee and its recovery were major surgeries with incisions extending for several inches and cutting into the capsule to get a good look at the joint. For a cartilage tear...

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Wrist TFC tear

Wrist TFC tear

As crossfitters, we’re accustomed to a lot of acronyms… WOD. AMRAP. HSPU. SDHP. TFCC. KBS. MU. Wait, what? One of these things is not like the other. TFCC. Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex What is it? More popularly known as the wrist meniscus; a kind of shock absorber for some of the joints in your wrist. The TFCC can tear with rotational movements, like an awkward fail on a heavy Turkish getup or falling out of a hand stand. What does it...

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About Me

Dr. Sean Rockett is an Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in Sports Medicine. His group is Orthopedics New England with offices in Dedham, Natick and Newton, Massachusetts. Dr. Rockett is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and has been a CrossFitter at CrossFit New England since 2007. Dr. Rockett is on the Medical Team for the CrossFit Games and the Northeast Regionals.

“Thinking Inside the Box” An injury Prevention Seminar

This interactive talk specifically designed for CF boxes emphasizes human anatomy, early signs of injury, modification for injuries, treatment, but most importantly PREVENTION. Many boxes have signed up and have asked for repeat lectures. There is a $20 drop in fee with profits going to a variety of charities. Please email Ronda at rockettronda@comcast.net to have Dr. Rockett speak at your box.

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