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11 Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is suffered by many individuals and is associated with several common causes. It is crucial to identify the causes of your shoulder pain and get suitable treatment as early as possible. neck shoulder painKnowing what is causing your shoulder pain is vital to getting the right shoulder treatment quickly.

Common causes of shoulder pain

1.Bursitis or rotator cuff Tendonitis

Bursitis or rotator cuff Tendonitis is associated with tendonitis of the rotator cuff and is the main cause for shoulder pain.

2.Rotator Cuff Tear

Sometimes the tendons of the rotator cuff get parted out from the bone and results in tear out of rotator cuff. Shoulder surgery is often required for this condition and your Rotator Cuff Tear injury may worsen if left untreated.

3. Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder is also termed as ‘adhesive capsiliitis’ and is generally accompanied with firmness of the joints. Individuals suffering with this problem are typically advised to have physiotherapy and shoulder stretching exercises.

4. Calcific Tendonitis

Calcific Tendonitis occurs when calcium gets deposited inside the tendons and particularly rotator cuff tendons which are more prone to calcification. The  treatment given is based on the advancement of symptoms.

5. Shoulder Instability

Shoulder Instability is mainly associated with loose joint and may happen due to dislocation of the joint caused by severe injury or as a result of developed condition.

6. Shoulder Dislocation

Shoulder Dislocation happens when the top of the arm bone gets separated from scapula because of an injury.

7. Shoulder Separation

Shoulder Separation is unique type of shoulder dislocation and mainly caused due to the accidental breakeage of acromioclavicular joint and is also referred as AC separation.

8. Labral Tear

Labral Tears occurs in different forms and is cured by giving treatment at different levels depending on the extent of injury.

9. SLAP Lesion

SLAP Lesions are also associated with labral tear and it mainly happens when something falls onto an outstretched hand.

10. Arthritis

Unlike knee and hip arthritis, Shoulder arthritis is very rarely reported. Shoulder surgery may necessary for joint replacement if the Shoulder arthritis is severe.

11. Biceps Tendon Rupture

Biceps Tendon Rupture happens when the biceps tendons located behind the joint gets ruptured.

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How To Treat Rotator Cuff Injuries

Rotator Cuff Treatment

Often with Rotator Cuff injuries your doctor or therapist will advise complete rest or extremely limited activity, followed by gradual shoulder strengthening exercises and physical therapy.

There are several treatment options for rotator cuff tears.

Non-surgical rotator cuff tear treatments include using a sling for the affected arm, medication to relieve the pain and inflammation, and steroid injections.

Rotator Cuff Surgery

Rotator Cuff Surgery may be required if non-invasive treatments fail.

For further information see the following Rotator Cuff articles:

Rotator Cuff Surgery

Rotator Cuff Tear

Rotator Cuff Treatment


What are the Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Tear?

Rotator Cuff Tear Symptoms

Unless cased by a sudden accident, Rotator cuff tear symptoms usually appear slowly.

Rotator cuff pain may be really mild at the start and gradually increase with repeated overhead activity. The pain is usually felt at the front of your shoulder and spreads down the arm. The pain gradually increases and is felt at very little activity or even at rest.

You may also feel pain while lying down on the affected side. Stiffness and consequent loss of motion result.

Sudden Rotator Cuff Tears

If on the other hand the rotator cuff snaps suddenly because of a fall or fracture, the patient usually feels the snapping of the muscle and suffers an instant weakening of the arm and acute pain.

For further information see the following articles:

Rotator Cuff Tear

Rotator Cuff Treatment

Rotator Cuff Surgery

What Causes Rotator Cuff Tear?

Causes of Rotator Cuff Tear

A torn rotator cuff is often caused by a sudden and acute fall.

People most likely to suffer a torn rotator cuff are those whose jobs involve repetitive overhead movement, such as construction, stocking shelves or even painting.

Swimmers, tennis players, pitchers and other athletes, where their sport  continuously stretches the upper body, are also very susceptible to injuries rotator cuff tears.

People suffering from prolonged or repetitive trauma are also likely to suffer rotator cuff injuries. It is also common among people who have shoulder dislocation or shoulder fractures.

For further information see the following articles:

Rotator Cuff Tear

Rotator Cuff Treatment

Rotator Cuff Surgery

Alternatives to Rotator Cuff Surgery

What are the alternatives to Rotator Cuff Surgery?

Rotator cuff repairs can be achieved by surgery, but in some cases surgery may not be necessary to repair the rotator cuff.

Non-surgical treatment is usually appropriate for people who suffer from shoulder pain without a decrease in shoulder strength caused by the rotator cuff injury.

There are three main non-surgical options for treating rotator cuff injuries. These are:

1. Avoiding pain inducing activities
2. Pain relief injections
3. Perform shoulder exercises

Avoiding pain-inducing activities can itself lead to increasing stiffness and frozen shoulder.

Injections can result in reduced pain and stiffness, but the improvement is temporary. In addition there is the risk of side effects such as infection.

Shoulder pain exercises are usually the best non-surgical option, but the level of success will depend upon the amount of arthritis present under the acromioclavicular joint of the shoulder.

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Do you Need Rotator Cuff Surgery?

Before deciding to have Rotator Cuff Surgery make sure that you have considered other treatment options such as shoulder exercises and pain relief injections first.

Shoulder surgery is however sometimes required for rotator cuff tears, especially if accompanied with a decrease in strength of the affected shoulder joint. There are three types of surgical repair:

1. Open repair

2. Mini open repair

3. Arthroscopic repair

All of the above methods give fairly similar improvement in pain, functional level and patient satisfaction. The choice of the procedure really depends upon the proficiency of the surgeon, anatomy of the involved area and cosmetic considerations.

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Rotator Cuff Tear Symptoms

Rotator cuff tear symptoms usually show up slowly. Pain may be really mild at first and gradually increases.

The pain is usually felt at the front of your shoulder and spreads down the arm. Mild shoulder pains are often ignored and treated with over the counter prescriptions. However, in the case of rotator cuff tear, the pain gradually increases and is felt even with very little activity or at rest. Treatment and even rotator cuff surgery may be required.

You might feel pain while lying down on the affected side. Stiffness and consequent loss of
motion result.

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Rotator Cuff Tear

Do You Need Rotator Cuff Surgery?

In most cases the answer is “No”, you don’t need surgery for rotator cuff injuries. Non-surgical treatments are effective in curing most rotator cuff disorders.

Treatment options for rotator cuff injuries include the use of a sling for the affected arm, taking painkillers to relieve pain and inflammation, or a course of steroid injections.

You may also be advised to rest or limit physical activity and to do shoulder exercises to strengthen the affected shoulder.

Only if all the non-invasive treatments like these fail should rotator cuff surgery be considered.

For further information please see the following links:

Rotator Cuff Surgery

Shoulder Surgery

Shoulder Pain Exercises Don’t Work?

Do suffer from shoulder pain? Have given up exercising your shoulder because the exercises didn’t work?

It may be that your shoulder exercises didn’t work because they were the wrong exercises for your shoulder condition.

The first step to curing shoulder pain is understanding and diagnosing the cause of the pain.

Common shoulder problems like Frozen Shoulder, Whiplash, Rotator Cuff Tear, Tendonitis and Bursitis each require different treatment programs and different shoulder exercises.

My advice is don’t give up exercising your shoulder to relieve your shoulder pain, but do get professional advice from a doctor or physical therapist. Make sure that you are doing the right exercises for your shoulder injury.

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Is Shoulder Pain Part of Your Life?

I had an elderly patient in my clinic recently who has suffered neck and shoulder pain for longer than she could remember. Shoulder Pain had just become a part of her life that she accepted and put up with. She is now doing simple shoulder exercises and is well on the road to being free of shoulder pain for the first time in many years.

For most types of shoulder pain, such as frozen shoulder, shoulder tendonitis and rotator cuff tear there are shoulder exercises and home treatments that can cure your shoulder pain.

For more serious shoulder conditions physical therapy and shoulder rehabilitation may be required. Finally in the most serious and persistent cases of shoulder pain shoulder surgery may be required, but the longer you put off getting treatment the worse your condition is likely to get.

So don’t just accept shoulder pain, seek help – don’t suffer.