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why is shoulder pain a common problem?

Shoulder pain, a prevalent symptom with diverse origins, arises from the joint’s extensive movement capacity. Common causes encompass arthritis, muscle strain, or dislocation. Treatment modalities range from rest and medications to surgical intervention, contingent on the specific cause. The intricate shoulder joint facilitates activities like throwing a ball or reaching for items, making it susceptible to injuries and pain due to frequent use.

most common causes of shoulder pain

Three bones—the clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the humerus (upper arm bone) make up the shoulder joint. The rotator cuff—a group of four muscles plus tendons and ligaments—holds the ball of the humerus in the socket formed by the clavicle and scapula.

Now when one of the muscles or ligaments of the rotator cuff is weak or torn, the shoulder gets out of balance. It is at this point we find it difficult to move our arms up and down, sideways or even rotate while playing any sport.

Let us have a look at the main causes which lead to shoulder pain:

rotator cuff disorders

The common symptoms due to rotator cuff injuries would include pain on both the sides and front of your shoulder, pain mostly at night, pain while moving your arm in certain angles with the body and pain during activities like combing hair or putting on clothes in which your arm movement is involved. The different kinds of rotator cuff disorders include tendonitis and bursitis, rotator cuff syndrome, and tears.

frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder or Adhesive Capsulitis is a painful stiffness of your shoulder joint restricting the usual shoulder movements. Everyday works like sleeping or dressing could get difficult due to this. People aged above 40 mostly experience Frozen Shoulder.

Broken arm or broken collarbone

One or more of the three bones in your arm (Ulna, Radius and Humerus) can be involved in your broken arm. Outstretching of your hand can cause a broken arm. It causes severe pain and swelling. You will even find it difficult to turn your arm.

Acromioclavicular Joint Disorders

The joint located right at the top of your shoulder is known as Acromioclavicular joint.

Normal Acromioclavicular joint disorders may include Osteoarthritis (making the joints stiff and therefore painful), tearing of the ligaments and complete or partial dislocation of the Acromioclavicular joint. As a result, one suffers from pain in the joint and the resultant limited movements. Men aged between 20 and 50, especially who are into sports, are most likely to go through these disorders.

Shoulder instability

The shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint. Shoulder instability takes place when the normal movement of the ball part of your shoulder inside the socket is restricted. A complete shoulder dislocation is also possible when the ball gets out of the socket causing severe pain or muscle spasms. Individuals could experience numbness, weakness or a tingling sensation due to shoulder instability.

There are two types of Shoulder Instability- traumatic (when the shoulder gets out of place by a sudden jolt) and atraumatic (when the shoulder moves out of place slowly over time).

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

It is a bunch of disorders that occur when the blood vessels between the collarbone and thoracic outlet (the first rib) are compressed.

It causes pain in the shoulder and numbness in the fingers. Accidents, sports, anatomical flaws and also pregnancy are the common causes. One may require therapy or surgery for recovery.

how can we help?

As Portea, our focus is on delivering comprehensive healthcare solutions. Our services encompass experienced physiotherapists who specialize in addressing diverse cases of shoulder pain. With personalized shoulder pain physiotherapy treatment at home, we prioritize your recovery as our primary goal. You can find the right on one searching for physiotherapy for shoulder pain near me.

With Portea, you’re not just getting a physiotherapy for shoulder pain service ; you’re gaining a partner in your journey to recovery and well-being. We also offer a range of superior healthcare services, including doctor consultations, medical equipment, nursing home care, and dedicated caretakers. Rely on us for top-tier healthcare solutions tailored to your requirements. 

meet our renowned physiotherapists for shoulder pain

  • Dr. A Franklin Rajkumar – BPT – 10 years Experience.
  • Dr. Hari Prasad M – MPT – 4 YEARS Experience.
  • Dr. Praveen kumar reddy v – BPT- 7 years experiences
  • Dr.Ganta Aravind – BPT – 7 years experiences


When is shoulder pain considered serious?

Refer to Penn Medicine’s “Shoulder Pain – Symptoms and Causes.” Contact your healthcare provider if you experience shoulder pain accompanied by fever, swelling, or redness, significant pain during movement, persistent pain after 2 to 4 weeks of home treatment, or swelling with a change in skin color to red or blue in the shoulder area.

How is shoulder pain treated?

Consulting a GP may involve stronger medications or injections for pain relief and swelling reduction, physiotherapy or prescribed home exercises, guidance on avoiding activities worsening or causing pain recurrence, and potential referral to a specialist for further tests or treatment.

Does exercise help shoulder pain?

Yes, exercise can be beneficial for shoulder pain. Engaging in strengthening and mobility exercises often contributes to reducing shoulder pain and enhancing joint flexibility. It’s worth noting that shoulder pain is a prevalent symptom, impacting approximately 18–26% of adults.

Should I use ice or heat for shoulder pain?

Injured shoulders should be iced for at least 72 hours, or until the swelling has reduced. Tense or tight shoulders can get relief from heat, but be careful not to use heat on any swollen injuries.

Does walking benefit shoulder pain?

Nordic walking is favored by those with shoulder pain as it allows for an adaptable swing to minimize discomfort and promotes increased strength and stability in the joint. Outdoor walking is also more enjoyable compared to similar exercises on gym machines.

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