What Causes Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain can commence after a traumatic injury or present gradually.

Traumatic shoulder injuries include:

  • fractures (broken bones),
  • dislocation (out of position),
  • AC joint separation (torn ligaments),
  • tendinopathy (tendon injuries) or
  • muscular injuries.

The most common cause of traumatic shoulder injuries would be sports injuries or lifting injuries.

Gradual onset shoulder injuries include:

  • Previous injuries that were inappropriately treated (e.g. old joint or ligament sprains)
  • Poor joint positioning (biomechanical faults)
  • Stiff joints (lack of movement diminishes joint nutrition) e.g. frozen shoulder
  • Loose joints (excessive sloppiness causes joint or tendon damage through poor control)
  • Arthritis
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