Causes of Shoulder Pain

Any pain in the shoulder joint or areas around the joint can hamper your ability to lift or even perform routine tasks. If ignored, the pain can aggravate as the underlying problem progresses and gradually start affecting the person’s quality of life. If you have been experiencing persistent shoulder pain, contact Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center to connect with an experienced participating orthopedic surgeon near you. Continuing on the subject, in this blog post, we give you some possible causes of shoulder pain. Read on.


While there are many types of arthritis, the most common form that can cause shoulder pain is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis usually develops during middle age as a result of wear and tear. The pain is usually coupled with other symptoms such as stiffness and swelling.

Read Related: Prolonged Shoulder and Elbow Pain: A Sign of Bursitis or Tendinitis


Fracture is another common cause of shoulder pain. Whether you broke a bone in or near your shoulder years ago, which went unnoticed, or you recently injured your shoulder, a fracture, no matter how minor, can cause shoulder pain.


Tendinitis is a condition characterized by an inflammation in the tendon connecting the shoulder muscles to a bone, with the symptoms including shoulder pain. Tendinitis is common in people who regularly perform overhead activities during work or sport. Degenerative diseases such as arthritis or wear and tear due to old age can also cause tendinitis.


Bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that act as cushions between bones and the overlying soft tissues in the joint to reduce friction between the gliding muscles and the bone. Excessive and strenuous use of the shoulder joint can cause swelling and inflammation in the bursa between the rotator cuff and a part of the shoulder blade, causing pain.

Wrap Up

Besides the causes mentioned in this blog, there could be any number of reasons behind shoulder pain. An experienced orthopedic surgeon can help diagnose the underlying cause and come up with a suitable treatment plan to treat shoulder pain. If you have been experiencing shoulder pain, contact Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center to connect you with an experienced orthopedic surgeon on the referral line. To schedule an appointment, click here, or call 888 608 4762.

NOTE: Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic.


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