What's Causing Your Shoulder Pain?

Your shoulder joint contains multiple parts. The bones, ligaments, and muscles of your shoulder need to work together to give you a full, smooth range of upper-body motion. When something goes wrong in your shoulder joint, you can end up with back or shoulder pain that puts a cramp on your plans and activity goals.

In some cases of shoulder pain, an injury or trauma clearly indicates the cause of the problem. In others, diagnosing the root cause of a patient’s shoulder pain can be more complex. Performance Pain & Sports Medicine has six facilities to support patients in three states. Our expert care team can help you determine the cause of your shoulder pain and recommend the best treatment plan to restore your shoulder joint and keep you free from pain. 

Sudden, unexplained shoulder pain can be a symptom of a heart attack. If you have sudden shoulder pain without an injury, and also experience chest tightness, trouble breathing, dizziness, or sweating, call 911 right away for emergency care.

All eyes on your rotator cuffs

The range of motion in your shoulders comes from your rotator cuffs. Your rotator cuffs, made up of four strong tendons, connect your arm and back muscles to your shoulder joint’s bones.

For shoulder pain without a clear cause, rotator cuff issues are the prime suspect. Very common causes of shoulder pain include rotator cuff tendinitis, or impingement syndrome in one of your rotator cuffs.

Damage to the tendons or bones around this area can make it uncomfortable to raise your arm above your head, and you might feel persistent pain, as well.

Is your shoulder pain actually a neck or other pain problem?

Because your shoulders connect to so many other parts of your body, you might feel shoulder pain as a result of a problem that’s actually located somewhere else. The most common culprit is neck pain, which can be felt in your shoulder joint as referred pain. You could also feel referred pain in your shoulders due to an injury or strain in your biceps.

If you have referred pain problems in your shoulder, you won’t notice any improvement or worsening in your pain levels when you move or stretch your shoulder joint.

Expert diagnosis and treatment planning

Many other factors can negatively impact your shoulder joints. Simple daily activities might have led to an injury without your realizing, or you could have a disease that causes sensations of pain in the shoulder, such as cervical spinal, heart, liver, and gallbladder diseases. Arthritis and other degenerative conditions can cause shoulder pain, especially as you age.

No matter the cause of your unexplained shoulder pain, our interventional pain management and regenerative medicine specialists at Performance Pain & Sports Medicine can diagnose your condition and recommend a customized treatment plan. 

With therapy, medication, or, if needed, more significant interventions like surgical treatment, we can get your shoulder pain under control. To get started understanding and healing your shoulder pain, contact Performance Pain & Sports Medicine today. 

You can schedule a consultation by calling the office most convenient for you or requesting an appointment online today.

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