Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Injury of the Shoulder Underlying Cause

The most common cause of shoulder injury is a direct impact to the shoulder joint.

Additional forces that can cause a shoulder injury include:

  • Pulling
  • Twisting
  • Bending

Causes of shoulder fracture include:
  • Sports injuries
  • Occupational injuries
  • Automobile accidents
  • Falls

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Last Updated: Jun 18, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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