What Causes Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain affects around 20% of Americans each and every year. It is often nagging, sharp, and painful with overhead movements. 

Shoulder injuries are broken up into two categories,acute and chronic. Acute injuries are often due to trauma such as a tendon tear in sport or a sudden fall. Chronic injuries include rotator cuff tendonitis, impingement, and frozen shoulder. Occasionally shoulder pain is due to injury in another part of your body (often the neck). This is known as referred pain. 

If your shoulder is causing a significant amount of pain and you are unable to rotate it or move it in general, you should seek help, so contact us!



Common causes of shoulder pain include:

  • Rotator Cuff tears/ strain
  • AC joint sprain
  • Impingment (subacromial pain syndrome)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Frozen Shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) 
  • Bursitis or tendonitis
  • Biceps tendonitis
  • Labral tear (SLAP injury) 
  • Overuse or repetitive use injuries

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