The shoulders are an important part of our body. Our shoulder joints allow us a great range of motion in our arms, and without them we would be unable to lift, carry, or grab many things.
Unfortunately, many people are prone to shoulder pain that can result from a range of problems – from arthritis to tendinitis to simple injuries. Regardless of the cause of pain in your shoulder, it’s uncomfortable.
The first step to managing your shoulder pain is to identify what’s causing it. If you have an acute injury, treatment will be a lot different than if you have a chronic problem. Also, it’s important to know that the proper management of an acute problem is vital, so it doesn’t become chronic.
Cause #1: Bursitis
Bursitis is one of the more common problems that can cause joint pain, especially in the shoulder. This condition affects the bursae, which are small fluid-filled sacs found in the joints. These sacs help cushion the joints and bones from friction and impact.
Unfortunately, people who use their joints too much are often prone to inflammation of their bursae. Bursitis of the shoulder is particularly common in people who play sports that involve using the arms a lot: tennis players, cricket players, etc.