What conditions can cause shoulder pain?

What conditions can cause shoulder pain?

Everyone experiences shoulder pain at some point in their lifetime. However, if you’re start to experience pain more often than usual, there may be an underlying problem.

But with so many possible causes of shoulder arthralgias, it’s important to see a qualified orthopedist for a definitive diagnosis.


Osteoarthritis is a cause for many different issues and shoulder injury is among the most common. In addition, osteoarthritis is also the most common and well-known type. It’s a condition that only occurs when the cartilage, which is the cushioning between the bones, is broken down. Osteoarthritis is a condition that can affect any of your joints, including the ones in your shoulder.

Rotator Cuff Injury

Your rotator cuff is a group of ligaments and tendons that protects the shoulder joint. However, sustaining an injury to the rotator cuff can cause this protection to wear down. You may have a rotator cuff injury or tear if you develop slight pain that becomes much worse whenever you try to lay down on that side.

In fact, a rotator cuff injury is one of the most common causes for shoulder pain. In addition, our chances for getting an injury to our rotator cuffs are increased as time goes on.

Dislocated Shoulder

If you accidentally dislocate your shoulder, you’re bound to experience shoulder pain. When a shoulder becomes dislocated, the bone in the upper arm comes out of the socket located in your shoulder blade. Should you dislocate your shoulder, you’ll need to get medical attention immediately.

The shoulder joint becomes extremely unstable when your shoulder is dislocated, which opens the door for more severe issues. If you feel any kind of sharp, intense pain, notice swelling or are unable to move to the shoulder, see your doctor immediately.


Deep inside your shoulder joints are tiny, sacs known as the bursa. When inflamed, it can lead to bursitis. Symptoms of bursitis can range mild to excruciating, limiting shoulder movement.

Most commonly seen with overuse or injury, you may have bursitis if you experience pain while lying on the affected shoulder, pain with movement as well as pain when pressing down on the shoulder girdle. While anyone can develop bursitis, this condition is seen most often in athletes, gardeners, carpenters and people who play musical instruments.

If left untreated, the above-mentioned conditions can cause considerable damage If you feel like you have any one of these issues, be sure to schedule an appointment with your doctor. They’ll help diagnose the issue and come up with a treatment plan for you to follow.

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