pain is a very common form of localized pain and injury for
the simple reason that the shoulder is the joint with the
most range of motion.
The ball on the end
of the upper arm is actually smaller than the socket of the
shoulder holding it. This means that the shoulder must rely
on a great deal of soft tissue to remain anchored properly
in place, all of which makes the shoulder an injury and a typical pain
Causes of shoulder pain
Bursitis is a painful shoulder ailment
which is a result of an inflamed bursa,
(the fluid-filled cavity that reduces friction between joints)
One very common shoulder injury is a dislocated shoulder, which is
when the shoulder is either pulled outward, away from the body, or else the arm is rotated in such a way that the ball
of the upper arm is popped out of the shoulder socket.
shoulder is a particularly bad injury to suffer because with
each dislocation, it becomes easier for the shoulder to dislocate
Irritation of the tendons
of the shoulder, such as seen in tendinitis, is a
common cause of shoulder pain. Bursitis,
or inflammation of the bursa surrounding the shoulder joint,
is another typical condition that may cause stiffening and
A sudden injury, such as a
fall, may be the cause of a tendon injury, but a lifetime
of hard use or other factors like aging may also
weaken tendons, making them more susceptible to injury while
also making the shoulder injury more difficult to repair.
Shoulder pain isn't always caused by some sort of trauma,
however. Heart disease, for example, can cause pain that radiates to the shoulder, while conditions related to a back or spine injury can also bring on shoulder pain, especially in the area around the shoulder blade.
Shoulder pain treatment
In most cases, treating injuries directly involving the shoulder means using cold compresses to reduce swelling, along with aspirin or prescription drugs to relieve pain. Corticosteroid injections may provide short-term benefits in reducing inflammation, as well.
As with any physical injury, proper rest is highly recommended to help in the healing process. Depending on how severe the injury, immobilizing and stabilizing
the shoulder is sometimes prescribed to protect
the injured shoulder from further harm. More serious injuries such as a torn rotator cuff may require surgery.
For serious or prolonged pain, a trip
to the doctor is usually recommended to help ascertain any
possible related conditions or diagnose the exact cause of shoulder pain.