Understanding Shoulder Pain: Causes and Symptoms

Understanding Shoulder Pain: Causes and Symptoms

Shoulder pain is a common complaint that affects many people. The shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the body, allowing us to perform a wide range of activities, from throwing a ball to carrying groceries. However, this mobility also makes the shoulder joint susceptible to injury and pain. 

Understanding the causes and symptoms of shoulder pain can help you better manage and prevent this condition. Causes of shoulder pain can range from overuse injuries to trauma. 

One of the most common causes of shoulder pain is rotator cuff tendinitis. This condition occurs when the tendons that attach the rotator cuff muscles to the shoulder blade become inflamed. 

Another common cause of shoulder pain is bursitis, which occurs when the small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion the joints become inflamed. Shoulder impingement syndrome is another condition that can cause shoulder pain. This occurs when the tendons and bursae in the shoulder are compressed between the bones, causing pain and inflammation. 

Symptoms of shoulder pain can vary depending on the cause. Pain is the most common symptom of shoulder pain, which can be a dull ache or sharp pain. Other symptoms can include stiffness, weakness, and reduced range of motion. In some cases, shoulder pain can also be accompanied by swelling or redness around the joint. If you experience sudden, severe shoulder pain, seek medical attention immediately as this can be a sign of a serious injury. 

In conclusion, understanding the causes and symptoms of shoulder pain is important for managing and preventing this condition. If you experience shoulder pain that does not improve with rest or over-the-counter medication, it is important to seek medical attention. A healthcare professional can help determine the cause of your shoulder pain and develop a treatment plan to relieve your symptoms and prevent further injury.

Dr Rina Pandya PT DPT

Article by Dr Rina Pandya PT DPT

Published 15 Mar 2023