Shoulder & Elbow Pain

Be it shoulder pain, elbow pain, or pain in any other part of the body, identifying the cause is the key to administering the right treatment. Whether you are experiencing shoulder pain, elbow pain, or pain from shoulder to elbow, timely diagnosis is essential to prevent the symptoms from going bad to worse. If you or a loved one has been experiencing shoulder or elbow pain, speak with one of the physicians participating in the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral line. Participating physicians treat a wide variety of orthopedic injuries including those which can cause shoulder pain. Continuing on the subject, we discuss some of the common causes of shoulder and elbow pain. Read on.

Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

Inflammation of the tendon and soft tissues is the most common cause of shoulder pain, which can develop as a result of an injury to bursae – the liquid filled sac that provides cushioning between bones and soft tissues, or an injury to the tendons or soft tissues.

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Shoulder instability often results from overuse or injury to the shoulder, wherein the upper shoulder bone has dislocated from the socket. It can be either partial or complete dislocation. Individuals with unstable shoulders feel unsteady and pain whenever they move their arms.

A shoulder fracture due to a slip and fall, vehicular accident, or sports injury can lead to shoulder pain. The humerus, collarbone, and shoulder blade are among the most susceptible areas. Fractures in these areas often cause severe pain, bruising, and swelling.

Shoulder pain can also be triggered by arthritis, which is more common among older people. Constant wear and tear due to osteoarthritis results in stiffness, swelling, and pain. In such cases, physicians usually recommend pain management programs such as physical therapy. If pain persists shoulder replacement surgery may be considered.

Common Causes of Elbow Pain

Lack of Strength
Weakness in the elbow due to either age or nutritional deficiency can make the elbow joint unstable and weak. If the body is forced to lift something too heavy, this can cause elbow pain.

Repetitive movements of the elbows, for instance, while playing sports or working on an assembly line can lead to injury in the tendons. Tennis elbow and Golfer’s elbow are examples of painful elbow problems resulting from overuse of the elbow.

Osteoarthritis/Radiohumeral Bursitis
Chronic inflammatory or arthritic conditions such as radiohumeral bursitis and osteoarthritis can also cause elbow pain. Old age, repetitive use, heavy pressure, or accidental injury are some of the possible factors leading to these conditions.

Referred Pain
Referred pain is when the pain is located away from the actual source of origin. In case of elbow pain, injuries to the spine can cause irritation to the nerves servicing the hands and arms. This results in referred pain in the elbow joint.

Experiencing Shoulder and Elbow Pain? Contact Us

Timely diagnosis is key to effective treatment of shoulder and elbow pain. If you or a loved one has been experiencing pain in shoulder or elbow or both, we can help connect you with a participating orthopedic surgeon near you. Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center is a physician referral center in Plano, Texas. To schedule an appointment, click here, or simply call (888) 608-4762.

Note: Physicians participating in our referral program are independent practitioners and they are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center.



Mark Lessner

Orthopedic SurgeonPerformance Orthopaedics & Sports MedicineSports Medicine
Work Phone: 888-608-4762
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L.D. Jennings

Orthopedic SurgeonTexas Knee & SportsSports Medicine
Work Phone: 888-608-4762
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Kevin Kruse

Orthopaedic SurgeonTexas Orthopaedic AssociatesHand, Wrist, Elbow and Shoulder
Work Phone: 888-608-4762
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Roger Emerson

Orthopedic SurgeonTexas Center for Joint ReplacementHip and Knee Replacement
Work Phone: 888-608-4762
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