Shoulder

Head and Shoulders – Rotator Cuff

Head and Shoulders – Rotator Cuff

Here’s the setting. Masters competition, clean and jerk with a  toe to bar ladder (sound familiar), 50 year old male lifts a barbell for a clean and jerk and feels a searing rip in his arm and has to drop the bar. He cannot lift his arm away from his side and is in agony, maybe had a little “bursitis in past” but nothing bad enough to stop him. Second scenario is 40ish year old 930 class filled with bunch of overachievers and...

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SLAP Tear Prevention

SLAP Tear Prevention

So how do we get SLAP tears? One mechanism is falling onto our shoulders, another is traction that we talked about earlier and another is repetitive stress. People will complain of clicking in that shoulder that they do not have in the other shoulder. Others will feel like something is moving around in their shoulder. They will typically point to the front and top of their shoulder right at the AC joint or sometimes even the back upper half of...

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SLAP Tears

SLAP Tears

We discussed what happened to the end of the biceps tendon if it completely tears off from the cup or the glenoid. Now what happens if you get a tear at the end of the biceps where it attaches to the glenoid via the labrum? Let’s look at the anatomy for a second and then we will discuss SLAP (Superior Labrum Anterior Posterior) tears. The end of the biceps attaches to the labrum which attaches to the glenoid as seen here. It serves as the...

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Biceps/SLAP Tears

Biceps/SLAP Tears

The biceps is a great muscle with some intricacies that has provided decades of confusion for orthopedic surgeons. We finally think we have figured it out, but then again that’s what they said about VHS videotapes. First the anatomy of the biceps muscle. It is made up of two tendons that attach to the scapula in two different places. The short head of the biceps starts at the part of the scapula called the coracoid. This is a pressure point...

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Shoulder

Shoulder

Put your head on my shoulder…ow.  Sound familiar? I want to take you on a journey of the shoulder and see what is inside and what can go wrong. First we will have to look at the anatomy to better understand what is happening with the bones, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. First we can see the scapula or wing blade is a wide broad bone with a lot of space for muscle attachments. The ball and socket itself is a shallow cup that is not...

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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.

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