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Shoulder pain may be a result of a serious medical condition. While some medical conditions associated with shoulder pain are more severe than others, it's important to take action before it gets worse. 

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Shoulder Pain Causes


There are a wide range of possible shoulder pain causes. Shoulder pain can be caused by many different types of shoulder injuries. Some types of shoulder injuries are more serious than others. Because of this, it's important to see a shoulder doctor to figure out the best care plan for your personal health 

To learn more about specific injuries or conditions that are related to shoulder pain, click on a specific injury or condition below. 

What is a Rotator Cuff?


There are many different types of rotator cuff injuries that can cause shoulder pain. Understanding the basic anatomy of the rotator cuff is important for identifying rotator cuff pain.

The rotator cuff is a part of the shoulder, and is made up of both muscles and tendons. Specifically, the rotator cuff protects the shoulder joint, and allows the arm to be moved over the head. For example, the rotator cuff is important for being able to reach for things above you. This also makes the rotator cuff particularly important when playing certain sports, such as tennis, swimming or basketball. 

What is a Rotator Cuff Tear?


A rotator cuff tear is one possible cause of shoulder pain. There are two types of rotator cuff tears. A partial rotator cuff tear occurs when the tendon protecting the top of the shoulder is damaged. A complete rotator cuff tear is when a tear goes through the tendon, or when the tendon is pulled off the bone. 

Rotator Cuff Tear Causes

 

Depending on the cause of a rotator cuff injury, rotator cuff pain may vary in severity.


Rotator Cuff Tear from Overuse 

Generally, a rotator cuff tear is an overuse injury that occurs over time, and is a result of repeating the same motion. Because of this, common rotator cuff tear causes include, but are not limited to:

  • Repetitive arm motions that are common in baseball,
  • Repetitive arm motions that are common in tennis,
  • Repetitive arm motions from painting,
  • Repetitive arm motions from cleaning windows,

Rotator Cuff Tear from Sudden Injury 

In addition to the above examples of overuse that can cause a torn rotator cuff, a torn rotator cuff can also happen suddenly from a fall or from heavy lifting.  

Rotator Cuff Tear Symptoms


Symptoms of a rotator cuff tear may not be immediately noticeable, especially depending on the severity of the rotator cuff tear. 

Common rotator cuff tear symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Difficulties with raising the arm,
  • Shoulder pain when moving the arm, 
  • Shoulder pain when laying on the arm in certain ways, 
  • Weakness in the shoulder,
  • The inability to lift things that normally would be able to be lifted,
  • Hearing a click or pop when moving the arm,


If you or a loved one experience shoulder pain, rotator cuff pain and any of the above symptoms, it's important to see a doctor to prevent the injury from getting worse. If shoulder pain from a torn rotator cuff goes untreated, it may cause additional health problems, including a frozen shoulder or shoulder arthritis.

Ignoring a torn rotator cuff can develop in to other conditions associated with shoulder pain. This can make it more challenging to provide effective treatment. Because of this, it's important to see a shoulder specialist if you or a loved one experience any torn rotator cuff symptoms. 

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Diagnosing a Rotator Cuff Tear


Diagnosing a rotator cuff tear is essential for improving shoulder pain. The team of SOS shoulder specialists have the experience and specialized medical knowledge to diagnose a rotator cuff tear. 

There are a variety of methods for diagnosing a rotator cuff tear, including, but not necessarily limited to:

  • MRI,
  • X-Rays,
  • Ultrasound

Rotator Cuff Tear Treatment


Rotator cuff tear treatment is essential for relieving shoulder pain. The SOS team of shoulder specialists can provide many different forms of rotator cuff tear treatments, depending on severity. 

Rotator cuff tear treatments that can relieve shoulder pain include, but are not necessarily limited to:


Rotator Cuff Surgery for Shoulder Pain Treatment


The SOS team provides conservative rotator cuff tear treatment prior to recommending rotator cuff surgery. However, depending on an individual's rotator cuff tear, rotator cuff surgery may be the best option. Generally, a complete rotator cuff tear may require rotator cuff surgery. 

The three types of rotator cuff surgery include:

  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Surgery,
  • Open Rotator Cuff Surgery,
  • Mini-Open Rotator Cuff Surgery


In the event that rotator cuff surgery is the best shoulder pain treatment for you or your loved one, an SOS shoulder doctor will be there after surgery to provide the smoothest possible recovery. The SOS team of shoulder specialists are extensively experienced with providing personalized recovery plans that are suitable for the individual health needs of each patient. 

We Can Help Relieve Shoulder Pain from a Rotator Cuff Tear


The SOS team of shoulder specialists are experienced in relieving shoulder pain from rotator cuff tears. SOS provides total orthopedic care for rotator cuff tears and associated shoulder pain.

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What is Rotator Cuff Tendinitis?


One common cause of shoulder pain is rotator cuff tendinitis. Rotator cuff tendinitis occurs when the tendons in the rotator cuff become swollen or damaged. 

If you or a loved one are experiencing shoulder pain, and you suspect it may be from rotator cuff tendinitis, it is important to see an SOS shoulder specialist. If left untreated, rotator cuff tendinitis can cause worsening shoulder stiffness or shoulder weakness. 

What is Shoulder Impingement?

 

Shoulder impingement is a medical term that describes rotator cuff tendinitis. Shoulder impingement and rotator cuff tendinitis are one in the same. 

Rotator Cuff Tendinitis Causes


There are many different potential causes of rotator cuff tendinitis. Rotator cuff tendinitis tends to be more frequent in people who are over 30 years old. Other rotator cuff tendinitis causes include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Shoulder injuries,
  • Falling on the arm when the arm is extended,
  • Repeated motions in sports or on the job,
  • Repetitive heavy lifting,
  • Repetitively reaching overhead,


Additionally, if shoulder pain and other shoulder health concerns are common in your family, you may be more likely to develop shoulder problems, such as rotator cuff tendinitis. 

Rotator Cuff Tendinitis Symptoms 


Rotator cuff tendinitis symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Pain in the outer part of the upper arm, 
  • Front shoulder pain,
  • Top shoulder pain,
  • Shoulder pain that gets worse when raising hands above the head,
  • Shoulder pain that gets worse when reaching behind,
  • Shoulder pain that disturbs sleeping,
  • Front shoulder swelling,
  • Front shoulder tenderness,
  • The shoulder "clicks" when raising arms above the head,
  • Loss of strength,
  • Loss in shoulder range of motion,


If you or a loved one experience shoulder pain, or any of the above rotator cuff tendinitis symptoms, it's important to seek medical care from an SOS shoulder specialist. If left untreated, rotator cuff tendinitis could result in worsening shoulder stiffness or shoulder weakness. 

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Diagnosing Rotator Cuff Tendinitis 


If you or a loved one are experiencing shoulder pain, it's important to diagnose if this could be caused by rotator cuff tendinitis. Diagnosing the cause of shoulder pain is essential for developing an effective care plan. 

An SOS shoulder doctor can help diagnose if shoulder pain is caused by rotator cuff tendinitis. Rotator cuff tendinitis may be diagnosed through the following methods:

  • A shoulder specialist performing tests on patient arm strength,
  • A shoulder specialist observing a patient as they move their arm in different ways,
  • An ultrasound,
  • An MRI

Rotator Cuff Tendinitis Treatment


Effective rotator cuff tendinitis treatment will vary on a patient by patient basis. Common rotator cuff tendinitis treatment methods, which can result in shoulder pain relief, include but are note necessarily limited to:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication,
  • Rest,
  • Regularly applying ice to the shoulder,
  • Applying heat to the shoulder once shoulder pain has subsided. Heat can help reduce shoulder stiffness,
  • Stretches as specified by a shoulder doctor,
  • Physical therapy,
  • Surgery, when necessary,


SOS Can Help With Shoulder Pain from Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

 

The SOS team of shoulder specialists are experienced in helping patients relieve shoulder pain caused by rotator cuff tendinitis. Our team provides total orthopedic care for patients with rotator cuff tendinitis. An SOS specialist can diagnose and treat rotator cuff tendinitis. 

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What is Frozen Shoulder?


Frozen shoulder is a medical condition that is often associated with shoulder pain. When the shoulder capsule thickens and tightens around the shoulder joint, the shoulder joint's movement is restricted, causing frozen shoulder. Also known as adhesive capsulitis, frozen shoulder is associated with shoulder stiffness and joint shoulder pain. 


Frozen Shoulder Causes


While frozen shoulder causes can be difficult to pinpoint, certain conditions make frozen shoulder more likely to develop in patients. These conditions that are more likely to be associated with frozen shoulder include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Diabetes,
  • Hyperthryoidism,
  • Hypothyroidism,
  • Cardiovascular disease,
  • Tuberculosis,
  • Parkinson's disease,
  • A stroke,
  • A mastectomy,
  • Immobilizing the shoulder for a long period of time, such as after surgery or after an arm fracture,


Frozen Shoulder Symptoms


Frozen shoulder symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Shoulder pain caused by moving the shoulder,
  • Limited range of motion in the shoulder,
  • Shoulder stiffness that may make it difficult to use your shoulder,
  • Shoulder pain that disrupts sleep,
  • Shoulder stiffness that disrupts sleep,
  • Shoulder pain that gets worse at night,


If you or a loved one experience shoulder pain or any of the above frozen shoulder symptoms, it's important to seek care from an SOS shoulder specialist. 

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Frozen Shoulder Diagnosis 


Diagnosing frozen shoulder is an important step toward shoulder pain relief. Frozen shoulder diagnosis methods include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • A shoulder doctor evaluating a patient's shoulder pain and range of motion,
  • X-Rays,
  • An MRI,


An SOS shoulder specialist can perform a frozen shoulder diagnosis. 

Frozen Shoulder Treatment


Effective frozen shoulder treatment will vary based on individual patient needs. However, common frozen shoulder treatment includes, but is not necessarily limited to:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication,
  • Medication for shoulder pain,
  • Physical therapy,
  • Joint distension,
  • Shoulder manipulation,
  • Shoulder surgery, when necessary,

The team of SOS shoulder doctors provide total orthopedic care, developing personalized care plans to treat frozen shoulder and relieve associated shoulder pain.

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What is Bursitis Shoulder?


Bursitis shoulder is when the bursa becomes inflammed or irritated. The bursa refers to a fluid sac that is located between tissues that decreases rubbing and friction in the shoulder. 

Bursitis shoulder is often associated with shoulder pain.

Bursitis Shoulder Causes


There are many different possible bursitis shoulder causes, including, but not necessarily limited to:

  • Repetitive impact on the bursa,
  • Sudden, major impact on the bursa,
  • Tendon wear and tear from aging,
  • Shoulder joint overuse, especially from gardening, carpentry or shoveling,
  • Overuse from sports, such as tennis, golf, skiing or baseball
  • Poor posture,
  • Poor conditioning or stretching prior to exercise,

Bursitis shoulder is also more common in people who are above age 40. 

In addition, certain medical conditions are associated with bursitis shoulder, such as:

  • Joint arthritis,
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, 
  • Gout,
  • Psoriatic arthritis,
  • Thyroid disorders,
  • Medication reactions

Bursitis Shoulder Symptoms


Bursitis shoulder symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Shoulder pain, which may be gradual or sudden and severe,
  • Severe loss of motion in the shoulder,


In addition, bursitis shoulder may also cause frozen shoulder. Because of this, it's important to see a shoulder doctor about bursitis shoulder before it causes additional health problems. 

Bursitis shoulder can also be associated with symptoms that require more immediate medical attention. If you or a loved one experience any of the below bursitis shoulder symptoms, it's important to seek immediate medical attention:

  • Fever over 102 Fahrenheit (this may be a sign of an infection),
  • Swelling, redness or warmth,
  • Multiple pain sites,
  • Not being able to move the shoulder,

If you or a loved one experience shoulder pain or any of the above bursitis shoulder symptoms, get total orthopedic care from an SOS shoulder specialist. 

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Bursitis Shoulder Treatment May Be Able to Help With Associated Shoulder Pain


Bursitis shoulder treatment varies on a patient by patient basis. While an SOS shoulder specialist can determine a bursitis shoulder treatment that makes the most sense for your individual health problems, common treatments include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications,
  • Physical Therapy,
  • Avoiding activity that makes shoulder pain or shoulder stiffness worse,
  • Resting the shoulder,
  • Applying ice to the shoulder the same day of the injury,
  • Surgery, when necessary,


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What is a Dislocated Shoulder?


A dislocated shoulder is a type of shoulder injury where the upper arm bone pops out of the shoulder blade's socket. 

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Trying to move a dislocated shoulder back in to place by yourself can be very dangerous. Trying to move a dislocated shoulder back in to place by yourself risks damage or tearing of  muscles, tendons, nerves or blood vessels. Damage from improperly moving a dislocated shoulder back in to place may require shoulder surgery. 

Because of the serious risks associated with a dislocated shoulder, it's important to seek immediate medical attention. SOS PLUS offers immediate orthopedic care. 

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Dislocated Shoulder Causes


Due to the flexible nature of the shoulder, there are a wide range of dislocated shoulder causes. This is because there are many different types of shoulder dislocations, such as a forward dislocated shoulder, backward dislocated shoulder, downward dislocated shoulder or a completely or partially dislocated shoulder. 

Dislocated shoulder causes include, but are not limited to:

  • A strong impact to the shoulder,
  • Extreme rotation of the shoulder joint,
  • Sports injuries, especially in contact sports or sports that involve falling,
  • Traffic accidents,
  • Falling,

Dislocated Shoulder Symptoms


There are several common dislocated shoulder symptoms, including, but not limited to:

  • The shoulder being visibly deformed or out-of-place,
  • Shoulder swelling,
  • Shoulder bruising,
  • Shoulder numbness,
  • Shoulder weakness,
  • Tingling near the injury,
  • Intense shoulder pain,
  • Not being able to move the shoulder joint,

 

A dislocated shoulder can risk further, serious injury. Because of this, it's important to get immediate medical care if you or a loved one experience shoulder pain that may be associated with dislocated shoulder symptoms. 

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Dislocated Shoulder Diagnosis 


An SOS shoulder specialist has the experience and specialized medical knowledge necessary to make a dislocated shoulder diagnosis. There are many methods for obtaining a dislocated shoulder diagnosis, including, but not necessarily limited to:

  • Physical examination from a shoulder doctor to identify tenderness, swelling or deformity,
  • An X-Ray,


Dislocated Shoulder Treatment Can Be Essential for Relieving Associated Shoulder Pain


The team of SOS shoulder specialists are experienced in providing dislocated shoulder treatments. The best dislocated shoulder treatment varies from patient to patient. Common dislocated shoulder treatments include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Closed reduction,
  • Immobilization with a splint or sling,
  • Medication,
  • Rehabilitation,
  • Shoulder surgery, when necessary,


For immediate dislocated shoulder treatment, get directions to your nearest SOS PLUS location. 

If shoulder pain persists after the dislocated shoulder has been moved back in to place, an SOS shoulder specialist can develop a personalized care plan to relieve shoulder pain. 

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What is a Separated Shoulder?

A separated shoulder is a type of shoulder injury affecting the ligaments that hold the collarbone to the shoulder blade. When mild cases of a separated shoulder, the ligaments may be stretched. In more severe cases of separated shoulder, the ligaments may be torn. 

There are serious potential complications from a separated shoulder, including the risk of developing arthritis, or additional shoulder injuries, such as rotator cuff injuries. 

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Separated Shoulder Causes


Common separated shoulder causes include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • A forceful impact to the point of the shoulder,
  • Falling directly on the shoulder,
  • Sports injuries, especially in contact sports or sports that involve falls,


Separated Shoulder Symptoms


Common separated shoulder symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Shoulder pain,
  • Shoulder weakness,
  • Arm weakness,
  • Shoulder bruising,
  • Shoulder swelling,
  • Limited shoulder mobility,
  • A bump or swelling on the top of the shoulder,


If you or a loved one experience shoulder pain or any of the above separated shoulder symptoms, it's important to see an SOS shoulder specialist to prevent further, potentially serious complications.

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Separated Shoulder Diagnosis


The first step to relieving shoulder pain that may be associated with a separated shoulder is to get a separated shoulder diagnosis from a shoulder specialist. 

Common methods for a separated shoulder diagnosis include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • A physical examination from a shoulder specialist,
  • X-Rays,

Get Separated Shoulder Treatment for Shoulder Pain Relief


There are many different types of separated shoulder treatments. The appropriate separated shoulder treatment depends on the severity of the shoulder injury.

Common separated shoulder treatment options include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Medication for shoulder pain,
  • Physical therapy,
  • Resting the shoulder,
  • Applying ice to the shoulder,
  • Surgery, when necessary

The team of SOS shoulder specialists are experienced in providing separated shoulder treatment. Our shoulder doctors provide total orthopedic care for separated shoulder patients, developing a personalized treatment plan for each patient. 

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What is Shoulder Arthritis?


Shoulder arthritis is a type of degenerative joint disease that causes the shoulder's cartilage to progressively get worse. Because of this, shoulder arthritis can cause shoulder pain, shoulder swelling and, in some cases, bone spurs. 

Shoulder arthritis can affect patients' quality of life. Because of this, it's important to see an SOS shoulder specialist if you or a loved one experience shoulder pain that may be related to shoulder arthritis. 

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Shoulder Arthritis Causes


Generally, shoulder arthritis is more common with aging, and typically an issue for people who are over the age of 50. However, younger people can also develop shoulder arthritis from a shoulder injury.

Common causes of shoulder arthritis include, but are not limited to:

  • Aging,
  • A shoulder fracture,
  • A dislocated shoulder,
  • A serious injury to the shoulder,


Shoulder Arthritis Symptoms


Shoulder arthritis symptoms may vary from one patient to the next. However, common shoulder arthritis symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Shoulder pain,
  • Shoulder pain when moving the shoulder or after moving the shoulder,
  • Shoulder pain while sleeping,
  • Limited range of motion in the shoulder,
  • A clicking noise occurs when the shoulder is moved,


If you or a loved one experience shoulder pain or other shoulder arthritis symptoms, an SOS shoulder specialist can provide total orthopedic care to help improve your quality of life. 

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Shoulder Arthritis Diagnosis


Common methods for shoulder arthritis diagnosis include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • A shoulder doctor performing a physical exam, as well as an evaluation of patient medical history,
  • A shoulder doctor assessing a patient's shoulder pain, tenderness and loss of motion,
  • X-Rays,
  • Blood tests,
  • Analyzing synovial fluid,
  • MRI scans,

Shoulder Arthritis Treatment and Shoulder Pain Relief

 

Shoulder arthritis treatment is highly individualized for each patient's specific medical needs. However, common shoulder arthritis treatment options include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Resting the shoulder joint,
  • Anti-inflammatory medications,
  • Physical therapy,
  • Range-of-motion exercises,
  • Moist heat being applied to the shoulder,
  • Ice being applied to the shoulder,
  • Surgery, when necessary, including joint replacement surgery


If you or a loved one experience shoulder arthritis or associated shoulder pain, it's important to seek care from an experienced shoulder specialist. The SOS team of shoulder doctors provide total orthopedic care for patients with shoulder arthritis and shoulder pain.

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