What May Be Causing Your Shoulder Pain?

The shoulder is a joint that is prone to problems. This is because it is one of the most movable joints in the body. Since it is a ball-and-socket joint, you are able to rotate your shoulder in all directions. A healthy shoulder joint can rotate smoothly without causing you any pain. However, there are certain diseases and injuries that can destroy or damage your shoulder joint and cause you pain. Let’s take a look at some of the common culprits.

Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

Tendinitis

Tendinitis is the inflammation of tendons and it commonly occurs in people who play sports with repetitive shoulder motion (such as swimming, tennis, and baseball). Treatment can include rest, ice packs, anti-inflammatories, and physical therapy.

Rotator Cuff Tear

Muscles and tendons help stabilize and move the shoulder joint. Tearing the shoulder’s muscles and tendons can cause pain and weakness in your shoulder. A tear can occur from overuse, injury, or degeneration due to age. Depending on the cause and extent of the damage, treatments for a tear can range from applying ice or heat packs to anti-inflammatories to surgery.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative disease that causes joint cartilage to break down. Cartilage helps the bones in a joint glide and rotate smoothly. However, when cartilage is damaged or lost, bones grind against each other and this causes pain. Risk factors of OA include age, weight, and family history.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder that can affect both shoulders. It can cause pain and stiffness. Treatments for RA include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, physical therapy, and surgery.

Speak with your doctor or pain specialist if you have any intense or prolonged pain in your shoulder. They will be able to properly diagnosis the problem and help you with treatment.


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Apex Medical Center

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