The shoulder joint is a remarkable construction. It is the most mobile joint in the body; it enables forward and backward movements of the shoulder, enables the arm to move in a circular motion as well as move up and away from the body.
No wonder that even the slightest injury to the shoulder may hamper one’s ability to move freely and can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort.
Many patients schedule appointments with our shoulder doctor complaining of Rotator Cuff Tears, when in fact very few actually have a tear!
There are several etiologies to shoulder pain; Adhesive Capsulitis (frozen shoulder), Subacromial Bursitis, Supraspinatus Tendonitis, Glenohumeral Instability, Chondrocalcinosis, Osteoarthritis, Gout, Lyme Arthritis, Bicipital Tendonitis, and Ganglion Cyst are but a few possible causes of shoulder pain.
The shoulder joint can be injured by playing sports, performing manual labor but also by repetitive movement. Diseases, such as that of the cervical spine, liver, heart or gallbladder may too result in pain traveling to the shoulder.
The correct identification of the underlying cause of shoulder problems is crucial for the right diagnosis and approach to the treatment. It is best to think of the cause of injury/pain and age in making generalizations for diagnosing shoulder pain.
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