Your shoulder is unique among the joints in your body in that it allows for the greatest mobility. It's what allows you to move your arm in almost any direction. This range of motion also leaves your shoulder vulnerable to instability, injury, and pain.
The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint made up of the "ball" at the top of your upper arm (humerus), the "socket" of your shoulder blade (scapula), and your collarbone (clavicle). The joint is kept in place and your arm is powered by the muscles and tendons of the rotator cuff. There are a number of injuries, disorders, and diseases that can affect the shoulder.
Common Causes of Shoulder Pain
When you experience pain in your shoulder, it may be due a wide range of diseases, disorders, and conditions, including:
- Bone spurs
- Cervical radiculopathy
- Fractures and dislocations
- Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder)
- Labrum (cartilage) tears
- Ligament tears
- Nerve compression
- Repetitive stress disorders
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Shoulder impingement syndrome
- Sports injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Swimmer’s shoulder
Shoulder problems can occur suddenly, such as from an impact or fall, or develop gradually, as from overuse.
If you're experiencing shoulder pain that is persistent or severe, you should see your orthopedic physician to have the problem diagnosed.
Treatment will depend on the cause of your shoulder pain. Your options may range from medication, immobilization, injections, and surgery.
Comprehensive Shoulder Pain Treatments in Naples, FL
Shoulder pain is a common problem. Find out how the doctors at the Joint Replacement Institute can identify the cause of your shoulder pain and alleviate your symptoms. Call (239) 261-2663 or request an appointment now.