What is the Source of My Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain is a common complaint heard in many doctor’s offices. Like any medical problem, receiving a proper diagnosis for the cause of the pain is important for determining the proper treatment method. If you are experiencing shoulder pain, it could be caused from one of the following:

Bursitis or Rotator Cuff Tendonitis: This is the most common cause of shoulder pain. Either the tendons or the bursa in the shoulder are inflamed.

Rotator Cuff Tear: This painful condition occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff separate from the bone.

Frozen Shoulder: This condition leads to a very stiff shoulder joint and is also known as “adhesive capsulitis.”

Shoulder Instability: Often caused by a traumatic injury, instability can cause the joint to be loose. This can also be a developed condition.

Arthritis: This condition is less common than arthritis in the hip or knee, but if it is severe enough, could require replacement of the joint.

You should consult a physician if you are experiencing these signs:

  • Inability to use the arm or carry objects
  • Pain occurring at night or while resting
  • Persistent pain (beyond a few days)
  • Bruising or significant swelling around the joint or arm
  • Signs of infection such as redness, warmth, or fever

It is important to remember that appropriate shoulder pain treatments rely on proper diagnoses of the source of pain. If you are unsure of the cause of your pain, request an appointment with one of our shoulder specialists at The Hand & Upper Extremity Center of Georgia or call (404) 255-0226.