What Are The Causes Of Shoulder Pain?

The shoulder joint is capable of greater movement than any other anatomical joint in the human body. This extensive mobility allows the shoulders to be used for a variety of activities and tasks, making the shoulders and surrounding areas subject to a wide array of pain-causing conditions.

Shoulder pain can be experienced by anyone, regardless of general health, activity level or age. Among the risk factors associated with shoulder pain are age and athletic endeavors. Shoulder pain is likely to become more intense with activity, but this is not always the case.

Shoulder Pain

Recognition of the causes and types of shoulder pain is an important aspect in determining whether the pain is minor, or may be associated with a more significant medical condition.

Shoulder pain that does not worsen with movement is more likely to be associated with an underlying medical issue. Some conditions associated with this type of pain include:

1.) Infection
2.) Heart Attack
3.) Shingles
4.) Gallbladder disease
5.) Multiple Sclerosis
6.) Cancer
7.) Injury to the Spinal Cord
8.) Ectopic Pregnancy

Obviously, immediate medical attention should be sought if any of these conditions are suspected. Accompanying symptoms that also signal serious underlying problems for shoulder pain include, but are not limited to the following:

1.) Complete inability to use the shoulder joint
2.) Exposed tendons or bones
3.) Chest tightness
4.) Inability to breathe or shortness of breath
5.) Deformed appearance of the joint
6.) Bleeding at the time the joint is injured
7.) Sudden swelling in the shoulder area
8.) Intense or sharp pain sensation

Shoulder pain resulting from less severe conditions may be characterized by mild, chronic, achy or shooting pain sensations. These types of shoulder pain can be traced to tendons, ligaments, muscles or bones of the shoulder region. Stiffness, swelling, bruising, and limited ranges of motion may be symptomatic of the conditions listed below.

Shoulder Pain

1.) Shoulder dislocation
2.) Separation of the shoulder
3.) Sprains or strains of the shoulder or adjacent tissues
4.) Impact or contact injuries
5.) Tendon ruptures
6.) Tearing of cartilage
7.) Rotator cuff injuries
8.) Broken shoulder or arm bones
9.) Bursitis
10.) Arthritis
11.) Injury or overuse of shoulder or upper arm structures

The most common of these shoulder pain causations is shoulder and arm overuse, typically a result of athletic pursuit. Athletic activities that can aggravate shoulder pain include weight-lifting, any sport using a ball, and rowing sports. Fortunately, these injuries and aches are usually minor and can be relieved with some simple, and readily available treatments.

As an athlete, I have found some of the best methods to fix my shoulder pain and swelling are:

1.) Over-the-counter medications
2.) Massage
3.) Rest
4.) Ice
5.) Appropriate exercise
6.) Slow return to activities that originally caused the pain

The most effective way to fix your shoulder pain, particularly if you are an athlete, is to make use of the “Fix My Shoulder Pain” program that has been co-authored by a weight-lifter and an exercise kinesiologist. You will find the program, when specifically followed, can show you how to take care of both chronic and intermittent shoulder pain caused by activity.