The commonest symptoms affecting the shoulder include shoulder pain, stiffness and instability. Shoulder pain can come from the shoulder joint itself, which consists of the glenohumeral joint, the acromio-clavicular joint or the scapula-thoracic joint. It can also come from a pathology in the neck (this is called referred neck pain).
Causes of Shoulder Pain
- If your main symptom is Stiffness, you probably have Frozen Shoulder.
- If your main symptoms is Shoulder Pain, you might have a Rotator Cuff Tear or Rotator Cuff Tendinitis.
- If you had a fall from a bicycle or snowboard and have pain in the front of your shoulder, you might have a Fractured Clavicle (collarbone).
- If you have sensation that your shoulder is unstable or the ball of the shoulder feels like popping out of its socket, then you have a problem with Shoulder Dislocation or Shoulder Instability.
Learn more about the shoulder joint anatomy to understand how your shoulders and arms function.
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