DAVE WATTS, MD
The shoulder is considered as one of the most moving joints in the human body. We enjoy much flexibility in our shoulder joints. Sometimes this flexibility can result in significant pain.
These are some of the most common causes of shoulder pain.
Some of the commonly associated symptoms of shoulder pain may include:
The grinding or popping feeling when using the affected shoulder.
Losing sleep due to excessive shoulder pain.
Limited mobility of shoulder affecting everyday life chores.
Numbness, pain and stiffness in the neck area.
There can be many recent or past reasons for the shoulder injury. Two common reasons are shoulder dislocation or rotator cuff tear. Some patients also develop shoulder tendonitis or bursitis.
Here is a brief description of each type of shoulder related problem.
Tendinitis can be of two types; Acute and Chronic. The acute tendinitis results from excessive ball throwing or overhead activities. The chronic tendinitis is caused by diseases like arthritis or repetitive wear and tear.
Bursitis is small sacks filled with fluid located in all joints of the human body including shoulders. The excessive use of shoulders can sometimes lead to inflammation or swelling of the shoulders. The resulting condition is called Bursitis.
There can be several reasons for tendon tears including degenerative or acute injury. Aging is one of the common reasons for tendon tears. Sometimes the splits are partial, at other times they are completely split. It can be a painful condition for a patient. Bicep tendons and rotator cuff are two of the common reasons for tendon tears.
When the shoulder is instable due to the upper arm bone getting out of the shoulder socket, it is common;u known as instability. A dislocated shoulder can take place partially or wholly. The recurring dislocation of shoulders needs to be treated as it is extremely painful for the patient.
The shoulder impingement happens when shoulder blades are put under extraordinary pressure. The soft tissues get ruptured when the arm moves away from the body. Impingement can cause bursitis and tendinitis, two of the common shoulder related problems.
Shoulder pain can be a result of different types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is one of the most common types which can cause serious shoulder pain. It is also referred to as wear and tear arthritis. Common symptoms for this type of arthritis include swelling, pain, and stiffness.