What is Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain could be caused by a number of conditions:

  • Rotator cuff problem - shoulder or upper arm pain, particularly when lifting the arm, lying on it or using the sore muscles
  • Acromioclavicular joint pain – painful joint on the tip of the shoulder where the collar bone and shoulder blade join
  • Frozen shoulder - is the painful and gradual stiffening of the shoulder capsule
  • Referred shoulder pain - pain is experienced in an area away from the actual injury or problem e.g. pain in shoulder which is usually referred from the neck or upper back
  • Osteoarthritis - progressive wearing away of the cartilage of the joint leading to the two bones of the joint rubbing together causing pain
  • Shoulder instability - dislocation or excessive movement of the shoulder joint