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5 Causes of Shoulder Pain

5 Causes of Shoulder Pain
5 Causes of Shoulder Pain

5 Causes of Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is often debilitating and can significantly inhibit regular day-to-day activities. The shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the body and a common injury site because of the amount of motion the shoulder sees. Symptoms of a shoulder injury may include swelling, numbness, tingling down the arm or intense pain. The pain can be acute or gradual and is often a result of overuse. Most shoulder injuries will recover using physical therapy, ice, heat (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, and rest.

The 5 most common causes of shoulder pain are:

  • Rotator Cuff Tear - Symptoms of a rotator cuff injury include weakness, pain, troubleraising the arm above the head, or clicking or popping when moving the injured arm. These symptoms warrant a visit to the doctor.
  • Frozen Shoulder - Adhesive capsulitis or frozen shoulder is characterized by pain, stiffness, and immobility in the shoulder Typically symptoms begin slowly and get worse over time.
  • Fracture or broken bone - Fractures or breaks often cause severe pain, swelling, deformity, and bruising or redness around the They are typically the result of a fall in older patients or a sports or automobile accident. If you suspect a fracture, a visit to an orthopedic specialist is essential, they may order advanced imaging tests to determine the exact location of the fracture and the severity of your condition.
  • Arthritis - Osteoarthritis is the most common type of shoulder arthritis and is considered a degenerative Pain is often the most common complaint of shoulder arthritis. A grinding feeling and a loss of motion, along with pain and stiffness, is a sign of experiencing arthritis.
  • Shoulder Impingement - Shoulder impingement refers to the painful pinching of the muscles, tendons, or other soft tissues between the bones and ligaments of the Shoulder impingement makes sleeping and reaching overhead challenging and painful, and may significantly impact one's range of motion.

If shoulder pain is not treated promptly, one's quality of life begins to suffer as pain increases and mobility decreases. Treatment options for shoulder pain vary depending on the cause and severity of the shoulder.

Book an appointment with Dr. Daneca DiPaolo today if you are experiencing shoulder pain that is new, worsening, or severe.

Dr. Daneca DiPaolo is a highly skilled, board certified orthopedic surgeon and hand specialist located in Grenada, Mississippi. She offers the latest orthopedic techniques and provides quality, compassionate, state of the art orthopedic care. For all appointments and inquiries, please call (662) 227-7794 or visit our website https://www.drdipaolo.com/.

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - AAOS
  • Mississippi State Medical Association
  • Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand