The Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

A man holds his sore shoulder

Every year, more than 4 million Americans deal with some kind of shoulder issue. Sometimes, it’s easy to diagnose the issue, such as in the case of a separation, dislocation or a sprain. But in other cases, a person may be dealing with chronic shoulder pain while not having any idea of what the root cause is.

If you’re dealing with chronic shoulder issues and you’re not sure why, here are some of the leading causes of pain:


As you may know, arthritis is the inflammation of one or more of your joints. When this happens in your shoulder, it can cause significant pain and stiffness. You may have trouble completing simple tasks that require lifting your arms above your head such as reaching for things or combing your hair


Bursitis is a condition that can cause a great deal of pain to multiple areas of your body, including your shoulder. Bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion muscles, bones and tendons near joins. When they become inflamed, it can cause you tremendous pain. This is generally caused by either overuse or keeping the joint in an awkward position.

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder is the colloquial name for a condition that occurs when the connective tissue in your shoulder’s ball-and-socket joint thickens and then stiffens. This makes it incredibly hard to move your arms freely without putting yourself in serious pain. The catch is: if you stop moving your arms to avoid pain, the problem will get worse, eventually freezing you shoulder in place. This condition tends to occur in people who have suffered some sort of injury, but sometimes Frozen Shoulder patients don’t recall hurting themselves at all before the issue popped up.

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

This occurs when tendons in your joint become inflamed and irritated, causing pain and stiffness in the front and side of your shoulder. The pain often starts after a person does activities that involve lifting his or her arm over the head a lot, such as tennis.

Pain in your shoulder and/or rotator cuff is no laughing matter. Luckily, there are treatment options. Dr. Kirit Kothari offers PRP therapy for shoulders and rotator cuffs. Schedule a consultation to take action against your pain today!  

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