Shoulder Pain Causes, Remedies & More

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Shoulder pain is a common medical complaint.1M;, Schwarzkopf R;Oron A;Loebenberg. ‘[Shoulder Pain: Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment of Common Problems].’ Harefuah, U.S. National Library of Medicine, pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18300628/. This part of the body is in constant use and surrounded by vulnerable muscles, tendons and ligaments. Most shoulder pain is from injury to the rotator cuff from sudden falls, lifting heavy objects or overuse.2Publishing, Harvard Health. ‘What to Do about Rotator Cuff Tendinitis.’ Harvard Health, www.health.harvard.edu/pain/what to do about rotator cuff tendinitis. Other conditions that can cause shoulder pain include frozen shoulder and dislocation.

Shoulder pain can be debilitating and seriously affect either sporting activities or day-to-day tasks. Recovery can seem slow, but rest and gradual rehabilitation are frequently successful for managing shoulder pain. Surgery is occasionally required, but advances in technology mean this can often be performed with minimal invasion.

1. Shoulder Pain Symptoms and Causes

Shoulder pain can occur from several causes, like repetitive movements or playing sports. Less often, pain in the shoulder area is caused by conditions affecting the heart or gallbladder.

Shoulder pain is associated with a limited range of motion, muscle pain and sleeping problems, as a significant amount of pressure shifts onto the small shoulder area during rest. The onset of shoulder pain can be sudden or gradual and range from sharp and sudden to dull and aching. Shoulder pain is sometimes but not always accompanied by redness, swelling and tenderness around the joint.

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