The shoulder is a highly dynamic joint capable of a large range of movement. The result of this is that there are several elements inside and around the shoulder joint that can cause you pain if injured, impinged, inflamed, or worn over time.
A common cause of shoulder pain is through performing repetitive actions like swimming, doing tennis serves or any overhead head activities like painting a ceiling. You can also develop shoulder pain from holding your body and shoulder in a provocative position for extended periods. One example is sitting at a desk working or playing video games.
To complicate matters, pain around the shoulder can be referred from other areas, such as the neck, or can refer along the arm towards your elbow. This is why you may find it difficult to localise your pain. This may also be the reason why the strategies you may have adopted might not have relieved your symptoms, targeting the wrong cause.
The good thing though is that the majority of causes of shoulder pain can be managed non-operatively, as long as the correct diagnosis is made and an appropriate plan is put into place.
If you are struggling with shoulder pain that has not improved despite your best efforts click here to make an appointment with Dr. Ade.