Are you experiencing intense shoulder pain that is restricting your activities? The shoulder is a complex joint that can impact your arm, hand and fingers. When you have shoulder pain, it can be difficult to lift, reach or even perform routine tasks, like washing your hair. Determining the cause of shoulder pain is the first step in finding the right treatment to give you relief. Here are five of the most common causes of shoulder pain.
1. Rotator Cuff Injuries
The rotator cuff is a group of tendons that connect the shoulder joint to major muscles. These tendons are essential for shoulder movement and are susceptible to injury. Rotator cuff injuries can include tendonitis, strains and tears, all of which can cause pain, weakness, stiffness, and restrict function.
2. Shoulder Bursitis
The major bursa in the shoulder joint is placed between the shoulder blade and the rotator cuff. The bursa is a fluid-filled sac that provides a cushion between bone and soft tissues. When the bursa is irritated or infected, bursitis or inflammation, can occur. This can cause shoulder pain and impingement.
Inflammation or arthritis in the shoulder is one of the most common causes of pain. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, resulting from previous injuries, wear/tear and repetitive use. Cartilage loss, bone spurs and inflammation can all accompany arthritis and cause pain and stiffness in the shoulder.
4. Shoulder Impingement
The design of the shoulder joint confines tendons and the bursa between the bones. Shoulder impingement occurs when the tendons and bursa are pinched when the arm is lifted. This can be caused by a variety of factors, but it is almost always painful, especially during sleep and overhead activity.
A dislocated shoulder is a painful event, but it can also lead to instability. If ligaments and tendons are damaged from a partial or complete shoulder dislocation, the shoulder can become unstable. Not only does this make another dislocation likely, it can cause pain and functional issues.
Shoulder pain can impact your life. Jonathan Glashow, MD, and his team of top-ranked orthopedic specialists can diagnose the source of your shoulder pain and recommend the right treatment plan to give you relief. Contact our clinic on the UES of New York City to schedule an appointment. We offer a same day diagnosis, consultation and treatments to give you fast and effective shoulder pain relief.