Chronic Pain

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can be localized in the joint or from the surrounding muscles, ligaments, or tendons. The shoulder joint is made up of bones held in place by muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Tendons are strong cords of tissue that fortify the muscles and bones in place and support muscle movement. Ligaments hold the shoulder bones to each other to secure the shoulder joint. Mild pain can be sore after certain activities, and severe pain can limit weight bearing or motion activities.

Pain can be caused by wear and tear, overuse or injuries to the joint, muscles, or tendons. Various diseases and conditions like heart or gallbladder disease can cause pain in the shoulder.

Patients should seek medical attention if the pain is intense and lasts longer than a few days. Seek emergency medical attention if you hear a crack, are motion impaired, and have severe swelling.