The bones that make up the shoulder are the scapula (shoulder blade), the clavicle (collarbone) and the humerus (upper arm bone).
The shoulder or glenohumeral joint is a 'ball and socket' joint, like the hip. The rounded top end of the humerus forms the ball, while the socket is a cavity called the glenoid, located on the scapula.
This configuration allows for a wide range of movement, but not much stability, especially because the socket part of the joint, on the scapula, is shallow. Without the carefully balanced stabilisation from muscles and connective tissue, shoulder injuries would be far more common than they are.
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You may be entitled to claim compensation for shoulder injuries in a number of circumstances. Some common scenarios in which compensation payouts are awarded for shoulder injuries include:
- workplace injury, or injury caused by work (both are covered by the workers compensation scheme)
- shoulder injury during a motor vehicle or car accident
- shoulder injury caused by a slip, trip or fall
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