What Causes Weakness of the Shoulder?

Nearly one in four people experience weakness or pain in the shoulder throughout their life. It can affect the quality of an individual’s life and make day-to-day activities difficult. The pain can persist if the cause is not determined and treated. There are many reasons that one may experience pain or weakness of the shoulder, however, it’s best to have a physician explore the possible reasons for your specific condition.

Rotator Cuff Tear

A torn rotator cuff is a common cause for weakness in the shoulder and is the reason for about 50% of shoulder pain patients. It’s caused by repetitive movement or falling with your arm stretched out. Rotator cuff tears can be quite painful and quick action can lead to better treatment. For minor or acute tears, rest and over the counter anti-inflammatory or pain medication can prove helpful. For more severe tears, surgery may be required for proper healing. In both instances, physical therapy is likely needed to help restore and strengthen surrounding muscles.

Dislocated Shoulder

A dislocated shoulder can often be seen physically in the mirror. It will typically look slightly disfigured or have a lump next to the shoulder. Usually accompanied by severe pain, swelling and muscle spasms, a dislocated shoulder limits the mobility of the arm and joint. Weakness of the shoulder is very common and can limit the ability to complete daily tasks. If you think you may have a dislocated shoulder, it’s important that you do not try to put it back in place and see a physician as soon as possible.

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder is the result of the joint’s connective tissue becoming inflamed and can cause pain and weakness of the shoulder. It can cause limitations to range of motion, the development of scar tissue and long-term issues with rotation of the joint. Although it’s not known exactly why people experience this condition, it can involve swelling, stiffness, pain, and weakness in the shoulder. It’s best treated with physical therapy and pain medication. If your doctor finds the effects to be severe, they may recommend surgery for faster relief.

At Plano Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center, we have been treating patients in Plano, Frisco, McKinney and other North Texas cities for more than 45 years. Our team is comprised of highly skilled and qualified surgeons. If you’re experience joint or muscle pain, we have physicians specializing in every part of the body. At Plano Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center, our patients are our priority. Call us today to get the right doctor, right now!

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POSMC is a full-service medical facility specializing in the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic injuries. The practice is led by a group of 12 board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons and a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician. Contact us today!

Dr. Matthew C. Comley

Shoulder, Knee and Sports Medicine
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Dr. Randal L. Troop

Shoulder, Knee and Sports Medicine
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Dr. Michael S. Howard

Shoulder, Elbow and Upper extremity
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Dr. John E. McGarry

General Orthopedics, Shoulder, Knee and Sports Medicine
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Dr. Earl R. Lund

Shoulder, Elbow, Hand and Wrist
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