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Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can be a frustrating and debilitating issue for many people. It can affect your ability to perform everyday activities and can even keep you from participating in the activities you love. There are a variety of causes of shoulder pain, ranging from minor injuries to chronic conditions. In this blog post, we will explore some of the most common causes of shoulder pain.

  1. Rotator Cuff Injuries - The rotator cuff is a group of 4 muscles and tendons that originate from the shoulder blade and attach to the ball of the shoulder ball and socket joint. Injuries to the rotator cuff can range from minor strains to full tears, and can result in significant pain and weakness.

  2. Frozen Shoulder - Also known as adhesive capsulitis, this condition causes the shoulder joint to become stiff and painful. It typically affects diabetics and people between the ages of 40 and 60. It can also be caused by injury or immobility.

  3. Shoulder Arthritis - Arthritis can affect any joint in the body, including the shoulder. The most common form of shoulder arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is caused by wear and tear on the cartilage surfaces over time (ie. tread on the tire is worn down).

  4. Bursitis - Bursae are small fluid-filled sacs that offers tissue mobility in the body. The bursae that lives under the acromion of the shoulder blade often becomes inflamed. When these bursae become inflamed, it can cause pain and stiffness in the shoulder.

  5. Tendinitis - Tendinitis occurs when the rotator cuff tendons or biceps tendon that connects muscle to bone become inflamed. This can cause pain and tenderness in the shoulder.

  6. Shoulder Impingement - This occurs when the tendons and bursae in the shoulder become compressed, usually due to overuse and/or poor mechanics and/or muscle weakness. It can cause pain and weakness in the shoulder.

  7. Shoulder Instability - This occurs when the ball of the shoulder joint moves out of its socket, causing pain and weakness in the shoulder.

These are just a few of the most common causes of shoulder pain. If you are experiencing shoulder pain, it's important to seek medical attention to determine the underlying cause and develop an appropriate treatment plan. Treatment options may include physical therapy, medications, or surgery, depending on the severity of your condition.

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