Causes of shoulder pain

The shoulder joint play an indispensable role in some of the most basic activities ranging from lifting objects to driving a vehicle. Pain or discomfort in the shoulder joint can impact our daily life and should be dealt with in a timely manner. With more than 40 participating physicians the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center can help you connect with experienced orthopedic specialists near you. In this blog post, we discuss four symptoms of shoulder problems that you should not ignore. Take a look.

1. Limited Range of Motion

One noticeable symptom of shoulder problems is a problem moving the shoulder joint. If you experience pain when trying to lift an object, reaching out with your arms straight, or any limited range of motion in or around your shoulder joint, it could be due to a number of underlying conditions. This symptom calls for a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon.

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

2. Sharp Pain with Overhead Activities

Another symptom you shouldn’t ignore is sharp pain while performing activities with your arms over the head. People in occupations that require overhead actions or who play sports such as tennis and baseball, usually complain of this type of pain. If you are in a similar line of work and have problems performing overhead activities, you should consult a specialist.

3. Visible Swelling or Redness

One obvious symptom indicative of a shoulder problem is swelling on or around the shoulder. The swelling could be caused by an injury or an underlying condition of the shoulder joint. Besides swelling, if you also notice some redness around the shoulder area, you should consult an orthopedic surgeon.

4. Stiffness or Weakness in the Shoulder

Stiffness in or around the shoulder is another possible cause of shoulder pain. The stiffness may be coupled with unexplained weakness in or near the shoulder, which could make it difficult to perform even the easiest of activities. If you have weakness or stiffness around the shoulder, consult an orthopedic shoulder specialist to help determine what is causing it.

Need to Consult a Shoulder Specialist? Contact Us

Shoulder pain can be caused by a number of reasons or underlying conditions. An experienced orthopedic surgeon can help to diagnose the cause of the pain and determine a suitable treatment plan. If you have been experiencing shoulder pain, contact the Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center to connect with an experienced participating orthopedic surgeon near you. Click here to schedule an appointment, or simply 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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Brett Raynor 

Orthopedic SurgeonTexas Orthopaedic AssociatesSports Medicine – Knee, Shoulder and Hip
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Orthopedic SurgeonTexas Center for Joint ReplacementHip and Knee Replacement
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Orthopedic Spine SurgeonTexas Back InstituteSpine Surgery
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Orthopedic SurgeonFulcrum OrthopedicsSports Medicine
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