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What Are The Causes Of Shoulder Pain?

Here is a list of some of the most common causes for shoulder pain.

When the structures in the neck and midback are painful, the pain is often felt over the shoulder. It is important to remember this. Dr. Scottwill always examine your neck and midback when you come in for shoulder pain.

Bursitis/ Rotator Cuff Tendinitis = Impingement syndrome One of the most common causes in patients with shoulder pain is bursitis and tendinitis of the rotator cuff musculature causing impingement syndrome.

Rotator Cuff Tear Different degrees of rotator cuff tears can occur. If the tendons of the rotator cuff separate from the bone, surgery is sometimes necessary.

Frozen Shoulder Also called 'adhesive capsulitis', this is a condition that leads to severely restricted movement of the shoulder. It is not as common as people think and is often misdiagnosed.

Calcific Tendinitis Calcific tendinitis is a condition of calcium deposits within a tendon - most commonly within the rotator cuff tendons. Treatment of calcific tendinitis depends on the extent of symptoms.

Shoulder Instability Instability is a problem that causes a loose or unstable joint. Instability can be caused by a traumatic injury(dislocation), or may develop over time. This can occur with or without producing a secondary impingement syndrome.

Shoulder Dislocation A dislocation is a traumatic injury that occurs when the ball-part of the shoulder joint (top of the arm bone) slips out of the socket (part of the shoulder blade).

Ligament injury (Acromio-Clavicular Tear) Also called an A/C separation, these injuries are the result of a disruption of the acromio-clavicular joint. This is a very different injury from a gleno-humeral dislocation.

Labral Tear There are several patterns of a torn labrum and the type of treatment depends on the specific injury.

Arthritis Shoulder arthritis is less common than knee and hip arthritis, but when severe may require a joint replacement surgery. However, arthritic changes are more common in the acromio-clavicular joint between the collarbone and the shoulder blade.

Biceps Tendon Rupture The upper part of the biceps tendon can rupture and cause shoulder pain.

If you would like relief from your shoulder pain, call Dr. Scott today. 846-8898.


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