Anatomy of the Shoulder

By Ehren Allen, DPT, Certified Manual Therapist

Anatomy of the Shoulder Joint

Please watch this educational video on the Anatomy of the Shoulder Joint. 

The shoulder is a complex structure made of three separate joints. They work together to give the shoulder a tremendous range of motion. The shoulder joint has an amazing structure.  It provides a large amount of motion to do activities in sports.  The main joint is a ball and socket joint.  The muscles, ligaments, capsule, labrum and tendons of the shoulder joint provide stability.  However, these same structures can be injured with falls, overuse and lifting heave objects.

Shoulder Joint

Anatomy of the shoulder joint, labeled.


To learn more about the anatomy of the shoulder, please read this article shoulder anatomy

Anatomy of the Shoulder Joint

AC Joint of the Shoulder


JOI Rehab Has 12 Clinics That Treat Shoulder Pain

JOI Rehab clinicians typically concentrate on range-of-motion with active and passive mobility exercises when treating patients for shoulder pain.

Joint mobilization is a hands-on technique to improve mobility of the joints. Therefore, this is another way to treat pain in the shoulder. In some cases, patients will undergo strength training as a way to treat their shoulder pain.  While in physical therapy, strengthening of the shoulder is crucial to a full return to activities.  In other words, it is so important to do your home exercise program!

For more information about shoulder exercises, go to thumbs up shoulder exercises, 5 Best Rotator Cuff Exercises, Types of Shoulder Surgery, Rotator Cuff Repair, and Rotator Cuff Tears.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment at JOI Rehab for physical therapy, call (904) 858-7045.


JOI Fracture and Injury Care at JOI

JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP Fracture care. Make an appointment by calling (904) JOI-2000.  In other words, this is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury.

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