Know the causes and symptoms of your shoulder pain

The shoulder pain can arise from minor injuries, bad  position or an underlying health condition. Some common conditions that can cause shoulder pain include;

  • Frozen shoulder
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Instability of the shoulder
  • Joint disorders
  • Broken arm or broken collar bone

Frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder is a painful, yet chronic stiffness of the shoulder joint that restricts the range of motion of the shoulder joint and makes it difficult to carry out the routinely tasks. Frozen shoulder arises when the flexible tissues encircling the shoulder become inflamed, thickened and tightened. The swelled tissues permits less space for the upper arm bine connecting with the shoulder joint that causes stiffness and pain. The symptoms of the shoulder pain may vary, and are commonly experienced in 3 stages that are spread over a no of months. The following can add cheese to the condition of frozen shoulder. That might include;

Shoulder injury or surgery; keeping the arm immobilized for a long term

Diabetes; frozen shoulder is likely to strike more when you have diabetes

Rotator cuff tears

The rotator cuff is a band of tendons that encircles the shoulder joint. Tendons are strong, stretchable fibers that connects the muscles to the bones. The rotator cuff is responsible for keeping the shoulder joint in the correct position, permitting the movement in a desired manner. The rotator cuff tears can bring about several symptoms, but the most reported symptoms include;

  • Pain worsens with activities
  • Pain with movement of your arm in a circular motion
  • Constant pain at the front side of your shoulder
  • Shoulder Pain usually increases at night


Bursitis is caused by inflammation of the bursa. A bursa is a small liquid filled pouch presented over the joints between tendons and bones often rooted by overuse of the shoulder joint leading to severe shoulder pain

Shoulder instability

The shoulder joint resembles like a ball and socket joint. The upper part of the arm bone is the ball that fixes into the socket of the shoulder blade. The imbalance of the shoulder occurs when the upper bone of the arm does not fix correctly in the shoulder blade. The causes may vary from slipping to entire shoulder dislocation in which the ball comes completely out of the shoulder. Sometimes the symptoms of the shoulder instability are not clear and resembles with a dead arm including

  • Tingling
  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Shoulder fatigue
  • A clicking, locking or popping sensation

If the shoulder is dislocated symptoms can include:

  • Severe pain
  • The arm being visibly out of position
  • Muscle spasms where the muscles contract painfully
  • Limited movement

In case you or any of your loved one is suffering from a severe shoulder pain and looking for a safe and cost-effective treatment, get a professional advice from Dr. Zaki Anwar by placing an appointment at 815-464-7212. He is a world renowned Pain Medicine Physician who has been practicing regenerative injection therapies for the past several years with remarkable results.