It is important to be aware of not just the causes of leg pain, but the various symptoms as well in order to identify the pain’s root cause.
The shoulders are a complex network of bones, muscles, and tendons, and therefore causes of shoulder pain can vary immensely.
Some of the most common causes of shoulder pain include:
Bursitis is a condition where bursae—small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion bones and muscles near joints—become inflamed. Bursitis commonly occurs in the shoulders, and can be induced by strenuous or repetitive motions that put pressure on the bursae around a joint.
Tendonitis is an irritation or inflammation of a tendon. Tendons are strong fibrous tissues that connect muscles to bones, and are prone to becoming inflamed due to injuries, age, and/or sudden awkward movements. Without proper treatment, prolonged tendonitis can drastically increase the likelihood of a tendon rupturing.
Other common causes of shoulder pain include strains, sprains, and tears, which almost always affect the rotator cuff
A shoulder is sprained when the ligaments that support the shoulder are stretched or torn, which in turn can alter or dislocate other bones depending on the severity of the sprain. A sprain occurs when muscles and/or tendons are similarly stretched or torn. These are incredibly common among athletes who play tennis, football, or swim. It is also possible to tear the rotator cuff, which is a group of four muscles and tendons that keep the upper part of the arm bone in the shoulder’s socket.
Lastly, shoulder pain might also be due to osteoarthritis
Often due to age and/or repeated wear-and-tear, osteoarthritis is a breakdown of cartilage that causes inflammation by way of shoulder bones rubbing against each other.
While symptoms of shoulder pain vary, it is important to be aware of the nature of different symptoms in order to help identify the root cause of the pain
Shoulder pain typically manifests as a dull or aching pain, which is most likely caused by a strain or sprain. Fortunately strains and sprains rarely require serious medical attention, and can often be treated with rest, ice (or better yet Elixicure), and/or anti-inflammatory medication. However, shoulder pain symptoms are not limited to dull or aching pain alone and different symptoms correlate with different underlying causes. For example:
* Swelling in the shoulder that is accompanied by stiffness could be an indicator of bursitis.
* Numbing or tingling sensations in the shoulder could be the result of a pinched nerve, which can be related to other problems in the neck and spine.
* Increased stiffness and inability to use the shoulder could be indicative of a frozen shoulder, which occurs when tissue in the shoulder thickens and inhibits the shoulder’s full range of motion.
While some cases of shoulder pain are unavoidable, one can largely prevent shoulder pain by avoiding sudden and awkward movements of the shoulder as these movements are what cause muscle strains and tears. Moreover, taking anti-inflammatory medication can help mitigate almost all symptoms of shoulder pain.
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