COPING WITH SHOULDER PAIN
Pain in the shoulder usually involves the soft tissues, ligaments, tendons and muscles. The bones of the shoulder can also be the source of pain. Painful shoulder conditions can be grouped into three categories:
Rarely, other causes of shoulder pain exist including nerve problems, tumors or infection.
Arthritis & Pain
Although arthritis takes on many forms, it most commonly involves wear and tear leading to changes in the architecture of the joint. Frequently, stiffness, swelling and pain are present. Sports injuries overuse syndromes and work injuries can worsen this condition leading to tightness, stiffness and restriction in range of motion.
Tendonitis & Pain
Tendons are fiber like cords which connect muscle to bone or muscle to other tissue. Tendonitis generally results from natural wear and tear which occurs over time. There are several types of tendonitis conditions:
Swelling and inflammation of a bursa (fluid-filled sacs located around the joints which lessen the friction caused by movement) may lead to bursitis.
Rotator Cuff Disease
Rotator cuff disease is seen in association with bursitis of the shoulder. When the muscles, tendons, ligaments and bursa of the shoulder become inflamed and painful they may restrict the movement of the shoulder resulting in a “frozen shoulder.”
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