Shoulder Pain

Why is there pain in different places around my shoulder?

Man with Shoulder Pain

The shoulder is a complex joint made up of 2 joints, the arm joint and the collar bone with the shoulder blade. It is mainly held together by muscles, which is why, when you have shoulder pain it can spread over a large area.

There are several possible causes of shoulder pain, most are caused by soft tissue damage such as:

  • Rotator cuff tendonitis from strain to the muscles and tendons around your shoulder.
  • Tension in the muscles between the neck and shoulder – this is usually down to your posture in your upper back or neck and is often linked to your position when you are using a computer/phone.
  • Adhesive capsulitis/frozen shoulder, often caused by a fall forwards onto your hands or another injury.
  • Dislocation.
  • Fracture.
  • Damage to the bones and cartilage, which can be caused by arthritis.
  • Coming from a problem in another part of your body, such as your neck, or your low back.

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