What are the causes and treatments of shoulder pain?


Shoulder pain may arise from the shoulder joint or any of the many surrounding muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Shoulder pain in the joint often worsens when moving the arm or shoulder in a certain manner.

Shoulder pain may occur due to a variety of causes. These may include:

  • Broken arm
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Broken collarbone
  • Separated shoulder
  • Poor shoulder posture
  • Dislocation of the shoulder
  • Joint inflammation (bursitis)
  • Arthritis in the shoulder joint

Shoulder pain can often be treated with the help of one or more of the following remedies:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Rest your shoulder for a few days or avoid performing activities that can worsen the pain
  • Apply an ice pack on the shoulder that is experiencing pain for 15 to 20 mins a few times each day

However, if these methods do not work or if you experience sudden swelling, intense pain, or inability to use the joint or move your arm away from your body, seek immediate medical intervention.

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