What are Some Common Shoulder Problems that Cause Pain?

Shoulders are made up of many joints, including muscles, ligaments and tendons that work together to allow your arms to make a wide range of movements. For instance, you can throw perfect pitches or even scratch your back. However, mobility comes at a price. It can increasingly cause soft tissue impingement, instability or even shoulder bony structure problems that lead to pain.

Pain usually occur all the time or one-time only when you move your shoulders. It can be temporary or continuous, hence the need for diagnosis and treatment. Here are some common shoulder problems that tend to cause pain:

Top 5 Common Shoulder Problems Causing Pain

  1. Tendinitis

Tendons connect muscles to bones. Just like the soles of your shoes, tendons can wear out over time. When that happens, it results in a condition known as tendinitis. It can either be acute or chronic. Acute tendinitis can result from overhead activities such as repeated ball throwing during sports.

On the other hand, chronic tendinitis is caused by degenerative diseases such as age-related wear and tear or arthritis. Biceps and the four rotator cuff tendons are the most affected during shoulder injuries or pain.

  1. Instability

Sudden injury or shoulder overuse can force your upper arm bone head out the shoulder socket, causing instability. The upper arm ball might come out of your shoulder socket partially, causing partial dislocation or subluxation. During a complete dislocation, the entire upper arm ball is forced out of the socket.

Torn or loose shoulder tendons, ligaments and muscles can lead to repeated dislocations. Complete or partial recurring dislocations can cause pain and instability whenever you move your arm away from your body or raise it. Repeated shoulder dislocations or subluxations increase your risk of developing arthritis in the specific shoulder joint.

  1. Bursitis

Small, shoulder and body sacs in joints filled with fluids are known as Bursae. Purposed to cushion your bones against soft tissues in your body, Bursae reduces friction between your shoulder bones and the gliding muscles. It can swell and get inflamed due to overuse of your shoulders.

Bursa swelling, known as acromion, usually occurs between the shoulder blade and your rotator cuffs. It results in subacromial bursitis condition and is often associated with rotator cuff tendinitis. As a result, your shoulder tissues become inflamed and painful. The condition makes it difficult to perform most of your daily activities such as dressing up or combing your hair.

  1. Tendon Tears

Tendons can split and tear, resulting in long-term overuse, acute injury, wear and tear, age-related degenerative tendon changes or sudden injuries. Complete or partial tendon split and tear are categorized into two. Tendons pull from bone attachments, resulting in complete tears.

Biceps tendon and rotator cuff injuries commonly cause tendon tears and injuries, resulting in shoulder pains.

  1. Arthritis

Also known as wear and tear arthritis, osteoarthritis, which is a form of shoulder arthritis, is the most common type of arthritis. The common symptoms of arthritis include pain, swelling and stiffness in middle age. The condition develops slowly over time, causing pain to worsen.

Associated with work or sports injuries, osteoarthritis can also result in chronic wear and tear. Infections, rotator cuff tears and joint lining inflammation can also cause arthritis.

Although preventing shoulder motions can reduce arthritis pain, it can stiffen or tighten joint soft tissue parts. This can lead to restricted painful movements.

Fracture and impingement can also cause shoulder pain.

Contact us today to help you find the most effective way to treat or manage your shoulder pain.