The design of your shoulder is unique, allowing for a wide range of motions that give your shoulder its ability to move in a variety of ways. Your shoulder is made up of a ball-and-socket joint which connects your collarbone, long arm bone, and your shoulder blade. Cartilage surrounds these bones, providing a protective cushion to absorb shock. Injuries to any of these areas can result in shoulder pain and a limited range of motion. The shoulder’s unique range of motion enables you to perform a broad variety of actions and tasks, but its mobility also makes it the most unstable joint in the human body. Because of the complex network of structures involved in shoulder movement, pain can stem from multiple causes.
Common causes of shoulder pain include:
- Biomechanical pain related to postural changes
- Cartilage tears
- Pinched nerves
- Rotator cuff injury
- Another common cause of shoulder pain is frozen shoulder, a condition where your muscles, tendons, and ligaments become stiff and make movements painful or impossible.
Our Physical Therapists will determine the cause of your shoulder pain with a physical examination of your shoulder. During the exam, we will test your shoulder for range of motion and evaluate the severity of your pain. Once we’ve pinpointed the main cause of your shoulder pain, we’ll develop a treatment plan with you.