A handy of printable shoulder diagrams are available for you in high quality and definition! All kinds of shoulder diagrams can be seen in this post with many range of usage. The shoulder is one of the largest and most complex joints in the body. The shoulder joint is formed where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into the scapula (shoulder blade), like a ball and socket. To be more specified, here is the first picture of the diagram, scroll down!
When you see it, the human shoulder is actually the most mobile joint in the body. This mobility provides the upper extremity with tremendous range of motion such as adduction, abduction, flexion, extension, internal rotation, external rotation, and 360° circumduction in the sagittal plane. Furthermore, the shoulder allows for scapular protraction, retraction, elevation, and depression. This wide range of motion also makes the shoulder joint unstable. This instability is compensated for by rotator cuff muscles, tendons, ligaments, and the glenoid labrum. You can see all those details in the shoulder diagram provided below.
The shoulder joint is vulnerable to dislocations from sudden jerks of the arm, especially in children before strong muscles have developed. Dislocation of the shoulder is extremely painful and may require surgical repair or even cause permanent damage. Other images depicting shoulder anatomy can be seen below.
You can now comprehend how you can take care of your shoulder joint. Chronic or acute wear and tear on the glenohumeral joint can lead to the painful tearing of the tendons of the rotator cuff or a torn labrum. Both of these conditions are very painful and may require surgery to remove or reattach the torn tissue. We also provide you with the unlabeled version of the diagram. For any educational or medical use, save and print these diagrams for free!