Causes of Shoulder Pain

It is vital to accurately diagnose the pain so the shoulder can be rehabilitated and treated as soon as possible.

Main Causes of Shoulder Pain

There are a wide range of causes of shoulder pain.

Soreness of the tendon of the rotator cuff or soreness of the subacromial bursa is the common cause of shoulder pain.

This is usually experienced after engaging in activities like lifting, playing sports or anything that may require you to lift your arms, even painting.

Injuries of muscles or ligament may also result to shoulder pain.

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These are some common types of shoulder pain with links to useful further information and advice.

Bursitis/Rotator Cuff Tendonitis – this is the most common diagnosis in patients with shoulder pain is bursitis or tendonitis of the rotator cuff.

Rotator Cuff Tear – this occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff separate from the bone. Surgery is sometimes necessary for this condition.

Understanding your shoulder pain

Understanding your shoulder pain

Frozen Shoulder – also called ‘adhesive capsulitis’ is a common condition that leads to stiffness of the joint.

Shoulder Instability – is a problem that causes a loose joint. Instability can be caused by a traumatic injury (dislocation), or may be a developed condition.

Less common causes

The following are less common, but no less painful, causes of shoulder pain

Calcific Tendonitis – is a condition of calcium deposits within a tendon — most commonly within the rotator cuff tendons. Treatment of calcific tendonitis depends on the extent of symptoms.

Shoulder Separation -also called an AC separation, these injuries are the result of a disruption of the acromioclavicular joint. This is a very different injury from a dislocation!

SLAP Lesion – is also a type of labral tear. The most common cause is a fall onto an outstretched hand.

Shoulder Arthritis – is less common than knee and hip arthritis, but when severe may require a joint replacement surgery.

Biceps Tendon Rupture –a proximal biceps tendon rupture occurs when the tendon of the biceps muscle ruptures near the joint.

Click on the link below for information about some of the more common causes of shoulder pain and a short explanation of each cause.

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Causes of Shoulder Pain


Kind Regards,
Tim Allardyce DO MCSP SRP

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