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Right Shoulder Pain

Right Shoulder Pain Symtoms

As many have experienced, the shoulder is one area of the body in which, due either to illness or injury, discomfort can range in intensity from dull and achy to sharp and excruciating.

Comprised of three major bones — the clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade) and the humerus (upper arm bone) — the shoulder also contains two joints that make movement possible.

Right shoulder pain could be a sign of gallbladder issues, such as gallstones, or it could be a symptom of any number of muscle/joint issues.

This pain is aggravating to say the least and, at times, unbearable. People living with right shoulder pain often find the simplest daily tasks — showering, getting dressed, housekeeping, even writing or typing — difficult if not impossible.

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, the shoulder is so easily injured, “because the ball of the upper arm is larger than the shoulder socket that holds it.

To remain stable, the shoulder must be anchored by its muscles, tendons and ligaments.”

Shoulder Problems

There are any number of problems that can affect proper function of the shoulder, including strain or sprain of muscles near the rotator cuff, which covers the top of the humerus bone to stabilize the shoulder joint.

Other problems may include:

• Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis, or, in rare cases, even cancer.

• Inflammation of the shoulder joint to due a virus originating elsewhere in the body.


• Joint dislocations related to trauma such as injuries sustained in sports (golf, tennis, bowling, basketball, etc.), or breaking a fall with a hand, even tossing a heavy shovel of snow.

In the instance of simple muscle strain, treating the area by alternating cold and hot compresses can help ease discomfort.

Many pharmacies supply a variety of hot and/or cold packs, both disposable and reusable.

Topical analgesic gel applications can help too. In some cases a series of visits to a physical therapist may be the answer.

Severe or lasting symptoms

For symptoms that are more severe and hang on for more than two weeks, a consultation with a physician is definitely in order.

A doctor’s evaluation will most likely include a number of tests involving movement of the arm through all range of motion, neurological tests to see if there is nerve involvement, and x-rays if trauma was involved in the original injury.

My advice is simple. If you discover that something doesn’t feel quite right, address the problem right away.

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