Reasons for shoulder pain
Injuries from playing sports or car accidents can cause shoulder pain to immediately flare-up. This can include injuries to your rotator cuff, broken arm or collar bone, or shoulder muscle sprains and strains.
People who regularly use their shoulders, especially in overhand rotation, are at particularly high risk for shoulder pain. If your work requires you to use your shoulders a lot or you play certain sports that rely heavily on the shoulders, it may cause your shoulder pain. Sports that put you at risk of shoulder pain include tennis, volleyball, swimming, and baseball. Overusing your shoulder can cause wear down of joints and muscle strains, both of which can result in shoulder pain.
Osteoarthritis is a wear down of the cartilage between the joints that causes the bones to rub against one another, which can result in bone spurs. This can cause shoulder pain and reduce mobility in the shoulder.
What are common shoulder pain problems?
Also called adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that prohibits the motion of your shoulder. This condition is caused by the connective tissue in the shoulder joint thickening and stiffening, preventing any shoulder movement and making it painful.
Rotator cuff tendonitis
Rotator cuff tendonitis is the inflammation and irritation of your shoulder joint. It results in shoulder pain and possibly stiffness too. This is a common problem for people who play sports with overhead rotation.
Rotator cuff bursitis
Bursae are small pockets of fluid in your shoulder that cushion and lubricate the rubbing motion of your muscles, tendons, and bones in your shoulder. Overuse can lead to swelling and inflammation in the bursae, causing bursitis.
Osteoarthritis, which is the wear down of cartilage, can happen due to overuse or simply wear and tear that happens slowly over time.
What are the symptoms of shoulder pain?
Shoulder pain can include a range of symptoms but generally, it includes pain, discomfort, and stiffness felt in the area around the shoulder. The pain can vary from case to case depending on the cause and the severity of the problem, but it is usually as one or more of the following symptoms:
A mild ache or a sharp pain that runs down the arm
A sensation of redness or warmth in the shoulder
Pain in the arm, neck, or back
Grinding, clicking, or popping when you move your arm
Additional pain when you reach over your head
The symptoms of shoulder pain may be different for everybody, but regardless of the cause or how severe it is, it’s important to get it checked before the problem gets any worse.