shoulder complex

shoulder complex

The joints of the shoulder (acromioclavicular, sternoclavicular, glenohumeral and scapulothoracic joints) considered as a single functional unit, which rely on associated muscles (e.g., those attached to the scapula) to provide dynamic stability.

shoulder complex

Clinical anatomy The joints of the shoulder–acromioclavicular, sternoclavicular, glenohumeral, scapulothoracic joints, which rely on associated muscles–eg, those attached to the scapula, to provide dynamic stability. See Frozen shoulder, Little League shoulder, Milwaukee shoulder, Pathologists' shoulder, Rotator cuff, Scapular reaction.

shoul·der com·plex

(shōl'dĕr kom'pleks)
1. The sternoclavicular, acromioclavicular, glenohumeral, and scapulothoracic joints, together with associated muscles and connective tissue.
2. The shoulder and the pectoral girdle.
3. Synonym(s): shoulder girdle.
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Pain arising from structures around the shoulder complex are often felt in a wider area, for example the neck, upper arm or upper trunk [10] and thus may be undetected with such a 'self-perceived' definition.
This, in turn, may increase the total forces on the joints at the shoulder complex.
Players with history of shoulder pain or injury, neck pain, surgery or deformity near shoulder complex were excluded.
This is because the mechanism of a tackle can lead to the abducted arm of the tackling player being forcibly extended behind the player exerting leverage on the glenohumeral joint resulting in an injury to the shoulder complex.
The challenge when assessing and treating shoulder pain is working out which structure(s) within the shoulder complex is responsible for the pain.
if normal scapular movements are disrupted by abnormal scapular muscle firing patterns, weakness, fatigue or injury, the shoulder complex functions less efficiently and injury risk increases.
The shoulder complex comprises the glenohumeral, acromiaclavicular, sternoclavicular, scapulothoracic joints and the subacromial space.
A Master Clinicians Approach to Advanced Concepts in Examination and Treatment of the Shoulder Complex
Murray's research interests focus on shoulder injury and his proposed thesis work will investigate the predictive value of glenohumeral internal rotation deficit (GIRD) in shoulder complex pain and dysfunction.