Orthopedics: Chronic Shoulder Pain
Shoulder pain is a common problem with a number of different causes. It's often a symptom of another problem.
There are a number of reasons why you might be experiencing shoulder pain, which include:
- Poor posture
- Frozen shoulder - a painful condition that reduces normal movement in the joint and can sometimes prevent movement in the shoulder altogether
- Rotator cuff disorders - the rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint and help to keep it stable
- Shoulder instability - where the shoulder is unstable and has an unusually large range of movement (hypermobility)
- Acromioclavicular joint disorders - conditions that affect the acromioclavicular joint, which is the joint at the top of the shoulder
- Osteoarthritis in the shoulder joints
- A broken (fractured) bone, such as a fracture of the humerus (upper arm bone) or broken collarbone
In some cases, pain in the shoulder isn't caused by a problem in the shoulder joint, but by a problem in another area, such as the neck, that is felt in the shoulder and upper back.
Note: We are giving only a brief description of each disease for your quick reference with some best related photographs where needed.