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Types of Shoulder Pain

Arthritis
Arthritis

Shoulder arthritis generally causes symptoms such as joint pain and limited range of motion. But there’s more than one kind of arthritis of the shoulders. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has identified five distinct forms of shoulder arthritis.

Dislocated Shoulder/Shoulder Instability
Dislocated Shoulder/Shoulder Instability

Symptoms of a separated shoulder are: Intense pain as soon as the injury occurs; Tenderness of the shoulder and collarbone; Swelling; Bruising; Deformed shoulder; To diagnose a separated shoulder or dislocated shoulder, your doctor will give you a thorough exam. You may need X-rays to rule out broken bones and other conditions.

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Fracture (Broken Bone)
Fracture (Broken Bone)

Shoulder fractures involve at least one of three bones in the shoulder: the scapula (shoulder blade), clavicle (collarbone), or humerus (upper arm bone). All three types of fractures can cause shoulder pain, swelling, tenderness, and limit the shoulder’s range of motion, but there are also significant differences.

Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint. Signs and symptoms typically begin gradually, worsen over time and then resolve, usually within one to three years.

Instability
Instability

Shoulder instability is a problem of a loose shoulder joint. When this occurs, patients may experience symptoms of an unstable joint. Shoulder instability is a problem of a loose shoulder joint.

Rotator Cuff Tears
Rotator Cuff Tears

Your rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and tendons that stabilize your shoulder joint and let you lift and rotate your arms. There are two kinds of rotator cuff tears. A partial tear is when the tendon that protects the top of your shoulder is frayed or damaged. The other is a complete tear.

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Shoulder Arthritis (Shoulder Osteoarthritis)
Shoulder Arthritis (Shoulder Osteoarthritis)

A person with shoulder arthritis is likely to have pain while moving the shoulder and after moving the shoulder. The person can even have pain while sleeping. Another symptom may be a limited range of motion.

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Shoulder Impingement/Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
Shoulder Impingement/Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

Shoulder impingement syndrome is a common cause of shoulder pain. It occurs when there is impingement of tendons or bursa in the shoulder from bones of the shoulder. Overhead activity of the shoulder, especially repeated activity, is a risk factor for shoulder impingement syndrome.

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SLAP Tear
SLAP Tear

Unless it causes you pain, you might never give your shoulder’s labrum a thought. This thick band of tissue surrounds your shoulder socket and keeps your shoulder joint stable. There are different kinds of labrum tears. A labrum SLAP tear happens in a specific area.

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Tendon Inflammation
Tendon Inflammation

Rotator cuff tendinitis affects the tendons and muscles that help move the shoulder joint. It’s commonly developed by athletes playing sports that require lifting their arm over their head. This includes swimming, baseball, and tennis.

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