Shoulder pain is the third most common cause of musculoskeletal consultation in a primary care setting. The shoulder is one of the most mobile joints in the body, it has a wide and versatile range of motion, and even a minor injury can cause a lot of discomfort in performing everyday activities. Being aware of the symptoms and causes of shoulder pain can help in early diagnosis and accurate treatment of the problem. The physician participating in the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral line treat a variety of orthopedic conditions including those causing shoulder pain. In this blog post, we give an overview of the symptoms of shoulder pain and their causes.

Common Symptoms of Shoulder Pain

Some of the common symptoms that indicate a problem with the shoulder are:

  • Pain in shoulder rotation or movement
  • Inability to perform daily activities
  • Soreness/ popping or sliding sensation in the joint
  • Constant or recurring pain in a joint
  • Swelling in or around the shoulder

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Common Causes of Shoulder Pain


Arthritis is painful inflammation of joints, which can appear suddenly or gradually. A progressive disorder, arthritis is caused by a reduction in the normal amount of cartilage tissues. There are 5 major types of arthritis:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Posttraumatic Arthritis Rotator Cuff Tear Arthropathy
  • Avascular Necrosis


Bursitis is the inflammation of bursa, a fluid-filled sac in the shoulder that provides cushion to the bones, muscles and tendons of joints. Inflammation of bursa can make simple movements painful.

Dislocated Shoulder

An accidental dislocation of the bone of the upper arm can cause intense pain. As the bone comes out of the shoulder socket, one typically has to seek the help of a medical practitioner to ensure that the bone is reset properly.

Rotator Cuff Injury

The rotator cuff is a combination of muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder allowing for support and movement of the shoulder.   An injury to the rotator cuff can causes significant pain and weakness and may result in the inability to lift the arm.

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Other Reasons

Some of the other conditions that could contribute to shoulder pain include shoulder instability, inflammation, fractures, tendonitis, repetitive use injury, traumatic injury, or frozen shoulder.

Final Words

Pain in the shoulder can be a sign of a minor or major problem. If rest, over-the-counter medication, or ice/hot packs do not provide any relief from the problem, it may be time to consult a doctor. Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center can connect you with experienced orthopedic physicians who can help you recover from shoulder injuries. To book an appointment with a participating physician, simply call 1-888-608-4762 or  click here.

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