ATHLETIC EDGE
Sports Medicine
Sports Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation
 540 BRYANT ST, PALO ALTO, CA 94301
(650) 815-6552

Voted Best Sports Therapy Clinic in the San Francisco Bay Area 2010-2016!

Athletic Edge - Sports Injuries - Shoulder Injuries


Pain and injury information are provided for informational purposes only. We recommend consulting a doctor or medical professional if you are in pain, or before performing any rehabilitation, stretching, or strengthening exercises.

Shoulder Anatomy


The shoulder is one of the largest and most complex joints in the body. The shoulder joint is formed where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into the scapula (shoulder blade), like a ball and socket. Other important bones in the shoulder include:
  • The acromion is a bony projection off the scapula.
  • The clavicle (collarbone) meets the acromion in the acromioclavicular (AC) joint.
  • The coracoid process is a hook-like bony projection from the scapula.
The shoulder has several other important structures:
  • The rotator cuff is a collection of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder, giving it support and allowing a wide range of motion.
  • The bursa is a small sac of fluid that cushions and protects the tendons of the rotator cuff.
  • A cuff of cartilage called the labrum forms a cup for the ball-like head of the humerus to fit into.
  • The humerus fits relatively loosely into the shoulder joint. This gives the shoulder a wide range of motion, but also makes it vulnerable to injury.