Causes and Symptoms of Shoulder Pain

Causes and Symptoms of Shoulder Pain


By Dr. P. Sharat Kumar,Orthopaedics

Shoulder pain most commonly arises from the shoulder joint; however, it may also come from the ligaments, tendons or muscles surrounding the shoulder joint. Shoulder pain usually worsens every time you move your shoulder. Also, there are a large number of diseases which may be the cause of shoulder pain including diseases in your heart and/or gallbladder. However, there are many other causes of shoulder pain as well. Here are some of the most common causes as well as the symptoms that you have shoulder pain:


1. Avascular Necrosis:
This is where the bone tissue dies due to inadequate blood supply.

2. Brachial Plexus Injury:
The brachial plexus are the nerves in your shoulder.

3. Dislocated Shoulder:
This is when the shoulder bone pops out from the shoulder blade’s socket.

4. Osteoarthritis:
Osteoarthritis is when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones degenerates due to excessive wear and tear.

5. Broken Arm:
A broken arm can also result in tremendous shoulder pain.

6. Heart Attack:
Shoulder pain is a symptom of a heart attack as well.

7. Tendinitis:
Tendinitis is when one of your tendons get inflamed or irritated.

8. Rotator Cuff Injury:
The tendons and muscles around the shoulder are the rotator cuffs, injuries to which can lead to shoulder pain.

9. Separated Shoulder:
A separated shoulder is when the ligaments holding your shoulder blade to your collarbone get injured.


There are several symptoms of shoulder pain including:
1. Stiffness
2. Swelling
3. Gradually increasing discomfort
4. Loss of mobility
5. Loss of sensation