What is Shoulder Pain?

The shoulder as defined by the average person is only a single portion of what truly is a shoulder. The shoulder is made of three major components: clavicle, rotator cuff, and humerus. The shoulder is responsible for performing tasks, such as throwing a ball or even scratching the back of your head.

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can be minor, resulting in a short period of pain, or major, resulting in prolonged pain and discomfort. Both instability and impingement can cause pain within the shoulder.

Generally, shoulder issues can be diagnosed under four main categories, which include the following:

  1. Tendon inflammation or tear (tendinitis or bursitis)
  2. Instability
  3. Arthritis
  4. Fracture (a broken bone)

Overall, all of these symptoms are treatable and are not by any means fatal. However, if ignored, shoulder pain over time can increasingly cause problems. It may be best to visit a physician if the pain is prolonged for more than a couple weeks.


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