Dr. Raj’s Blog: “Dancing with the Stars” Shoulder Injury

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“Dancing with the Stars” has been said to be one of the most dangerous reality shows. Due to its intense dance routines, injuries tend to happen more often on this show than any other show currently on TV.

DWTS’ most recent orthopedic injury involves current contestant Derek Hough, who dances with partner Ricki Lake. Derek is a professional dancer who worked with his sister, Julianne Hough, on the remake of the 1984 movie, “Footloose.”

During DWTS rehearsals earlier in October, Derek sustained an injury to his shoulder. He had dislocated it and manually popped it back in, according to People magazine. His shoulder remained painful after that.

In order for the shoulder to remain stable, muscles, tendons, and ligaments must anchor it. The shoulder joint is the most frequently dislocated major joint of the body. Dislocation commonly occurs when there is a backward pull on the arm that either catches the muscles unprepared to resist or overwhelms the muscles. The shoulder can dislocate either forward, backward, or downward.

Some symptoms Derek may have felt include pain, swelling, numbness, weakness and bruising. It can be officially diagnosed by physical exam and x-ray to rule out a possible fracture. Treatment includes reducing the shoulder back into the joint socket. A sling is often used for several weeks later to allow for stabilization. Physical therapy will be initiated later to regain range of motion and strength.  Derek will soon be back in top form, impressing millions of viewers with his dancing!

Dr. Bal Rajagopalan, affectionately known as “Dr. Raj,” is a Double Board Certified (American and Canadian) Orthopedic Surgeon with a passion for FITNESS AND NUTRITION. Having been in private practice for more than 10 years, Dr. Raj’s expertise spans hip, knee and joint replacements, sports injuries, arthritis pain, fractures as well as back and shoulder pain. Although he has performed more than 4,000 orthopedic surgical cases, he is a strong advocate of preventative care and providing alternate options to joint, bone or muscle pain. In addition, Dr. Raj uses newest techniques to reverse tendinitis and arthritis such as PRP and Stem Cell Injection.

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