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Causes of Shoulder Pain

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Editors Note: This is a guest post by Sharon Freeman

Shoulder pain is a common complaint of men and women of all ages. It ranks as one of the top sources of pain in the body, and as one of the most uncomfortable as well. Despite being common, shoulder pain causes are greatly varied. One can develop shoulder pain as the result of numerous conditions and injuries, sometimes taking many years for the problem to occur. Sporting injuries, those sustained while playing sports such as football and hockey, are a leading cause of shoulder pain. Health conditions can also cause shoulder pain.

Shoulder pain can also greatly differ in severity, depending on the source of the pain. For some it is simple discomfort but for others conditions develop that cause excruciating pain, even permanent disability. The pain may come and go or persist all day and all night, too.

Here are some of the most common reasons that you could be experiencing shoulder pain. It could be one of these things that is causing your discomfort.

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder is also known as adhesive causalities and affects the joints with stiffness. Frozen shoulder is caused by arthritis and bursitis. It is very painful and requires fast treatment as it becomes more difficult to treat the longer it persists. It can also cause permanent disability if not treated. There are several ways that frozen shoulder can be treated, including with medications, stretching and physical therapy.


These two conditions are the most common diagnosis given to a shoulder pain sufferer. These conditions, in layman’s terms, simply mean that an inflammation is present in the shoulder joint. Medications are available to treat these conditions.

Dislocated Shoulder

A dislocated shoulder is a common sports injury. Those who play sports professionally or for fun are twice as likely to develop a dislocated shoulder, as well as those who work in industries where constant rotation of their arm/shoulder is required. A dislocated shoulder most often requires surgery to repair.

Shoulder instability

Shoulder instability is caused when a previous injury has weakened the muscle in the shoulder. It is a condition that causes the shoulder instability, soreness and stiffness and in time, causes the inability for the shoulder to be supported.

Torn Rotator Cuff

A torn rotator cuff occurs when the tendon attached to the rotator in the shoulder tears from the pain. A torn rotator cuff requires surgery to repair and is one of the most painful conditions that can be experienced with the shoulder.


Although not as common as other conditions, it is possible to develop arthritis in the shoulder. Arthritis in the shoulder is painful, just as other forms of arthritis, and can be treated with medications and other therapies. In some cases it is required that surgery be performed to treat shoulder arthritis.

There are numerous other elements that could find you shoulder pain; however these are some of the most common complaints. These conditions should be treated under the supervision of a doctor, who can also provide the best of treatments.

Author Bio

This article was written by Sharon Freeman about Kaliper Orthopedics, an Australian trained orthopedic specialist.

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