Shoulder Pain

What is Shoulder pain?

Shoulder is one of the vital parts of human body. It facilitates for a very wide and versatile range of movements. The shoulder has three main bones in it- a long arm bone (the humerus), Collarbone (the clavicle), shoulder blade (scapula). The shoulder joint is considered to be one of the most mobile joint in the human body. It makes room for the arm to move easily. Rotator cuff, a group of four tendons helps the shoulder to move easily. Any pain or discomfort to the shoulder is called as shoulder pain. Shoulder pain is one of the most common problems seen among aged people.

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What are the symptoms of shoulder pain?

Symptoms of shoulder pain include the following:

  • Pain in the shoulder

  • Swelling

  • Stiffness

  • Tenderness etc.

What are the causes of shoulder pain?

From lifestyle choices to injuries, shoulder pain can be caused due to various reasons such as:

  • Poor posture

  • Osteoarthritis of the shoulder joints

  • Shoulder instability

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Fracture or break in the bone

  • Rotator cuff disorder

  • Acromiclavicular joint disorders

  • Bone spurs in the shoulder

  • Shoulder dislocation

  • Bursitis

Problems in the other areas of the body such as in the neck or upper back can also cause shoulder pain.

How is shoulder pain diagnosed?

The doctor will try to find out the main cause for shoulder pain during diagnosis. After done with physical examination and medical history analysis, the doctor may suggest imaging tests such as X-ray, MRI etc. The doctor may even ask a set of questions to the patient to identify the cause for shoulder pain.

What are the non-surgical treatments for shoulder pain?

The doctor will determine treatment based on the severity and cause of the condition. Some of the common treatment options are:

  • Pain relievers

  • Corticosteroids injection

  • Shoulder immobilizer

  • Physical therapy

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