The shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the body. Shoulders get their range of motion from the rotator cuff, which is made up of four tendons. Tendons are the tissues that connect muscles to bone. If the tendons or bones around the rotator cuff suffer damage or swelling, then it may result in discomfort.

Shoulders can be injured by performing manual labor, playing sports, or even by repetitive movement. Certain diseases like cervical spine of the neck, liver, heart or gallbladder disease can also cause shoulder pain.

Causes of Shoulder Pain

A number of factors and conditions can contribute to shoulder pain. Common causes of shoulder pain include:

  • Arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, septic arthritis
  • Bursitis (swelling of the bursa sacs, which protect the shoulder)
  • Tendinitis (swelling of tendons)
  • Bone spurs (bony projections that develop along the edges of bones)
  • Torn cartilage
  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Pinched nerves
  • Broken shoulder bone
  • Broken arm
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Repetitive use or overuse injury of nearby areas, such as the bicep
  • Shoulder separation
  • Dislocated shoulder (when the ball of the humerus is pulled out of the shoulder socket)
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Heart attack

When to Seek Medical Care

Sudden shoulder pain which is not a result of any injury or past history can be a sign of heart attack. If shoulder pain continues to your neck, jaw, or chest and you have trouble breathing, tightness in the chest, dizziness or excessive sweating, call 911 immediately.

Get urgent care if your injured shoulder is bleeding, swollen, or you see exposed bone, tissue or tendons. Seek medical care if you experience:

  • Fever
  • Inability to move your shoulder
  • Lasting bruising
  • Heat and tenderness around the joint
  • Persistent pain

Treatment for Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain treatment depends on the cause and severity of the pain and may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Use of a sling or shoulder immobilizer
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
  • Corticosteroids (anti-inflammatory drugs that are injected into the shoulder)
  • Surgery
  • Arthroscopic surgery

We Will Treat Your Pain

IMC focuses on treating patients who have acute and chronic pain. Our expert and experienced pain management physicians will evaluate and treat your shoulder pain. Call IMC at 845-535-9884 and start on the path to treatment and relief. Services available throughout Rockland, Spring Valley, New City and Nanuet in New York state.

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