Shoulder Pain can originate in the joint or from the surrounding tissues.
Typically, shoulder pain is aggravated by movement and activities. Shoulder pain can be referred, which means that it comes from somewhere else in the body.
The shoulder is a joint which has three main bones, the humerus, the scapula, and the clavicle.
The humerus is the longer bone in the arm that runs from the shoulder to the elbow. The humeral upper extremity consists of a rounded top, a narrow middle, and two short tubercles, sometimes called tuberosities. The humerus is one of the most commonly damaged bones in the body.
The clavicle/collarbone is a long bone between the shoulder blade and the sternum. There is a clavicle on each side of your body and it is the only long bone in the body that lies horizontally. It is the most commonly broken bone in the human body. It is easily fractured by impact to the shoulder or by a direct hit.
The scapula/shoulder blade is the bone that connects the humerus with the clavicle. Just like the clavicle, there is a scapula on each side of your body. The scapula is a flat bone resembling the shape of a triangle.
There are two main joints, the acromioclavicular joint and the glenohumeral joint. The glenohumeral joint allows the arm to move in circular motions and moves the shoulder back and forth.
Shoulder Pain is considered the third most common cause of musculoskeletal problems. It is a common issue that can highly impact basic occupational or functional work as well as daily motion.
Conditions Associated with Shoulder Pain
- Cancer Pain
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
- Tendinitis and Bursitis
Common Treatments for Shoulder Pain
- Epidural Nerve Block
- Intra-Articual Joint Injections
- Medication Management
- Trigger Point Injections