Causes of Shoulder PainChronic shoulder pain may arise from many different underlying causes. Often there are several underlying problems. The shoulder is a complex joint, so with many parts involved, it is not always as simple as we would like. This is especially true as we age, and with a prior history of sports, and or trauma. Whether or not, it is your dominant arm that is often a factor. Surprisingly though, the non dominant arm is often the problem shoulder. Quite often one shoulder is worse, and the other is starting to have symptoms. When shoulder arthritis is found, it can even be seen on x-rays of a non-symptomatic shoulder. This can be explained by how degenerative shoulder arthritis manifests as a progressive disorder. Some people have shoulder pain that evolves slowly or time, while others only develop shoulder pain at an advanced age. This late onset of shoulder pain can unfortunately be associated with severe degenerative changes. Patients are often shocked to hear they may need a shoulder replacement surgery.
Shoulder Pain Syndromes at a Glance
Shoulder Arthritis Shoulder Impingement Rotator Cuff Tears Bicep Tears Labral Tears Fractures Acromioclavicular separations and arthritis Shoulder AVN or Osteonecrosis This is not an all encompassing list. It makes up a great majority of frequently seen shoulder problems, and some less commonly seen. It also illustrates how difficult it is to manage shoulder pain when multiple problems co-exist at once.