Shoulder Pain and Problems

Nearly everyone has a shoulder problem at some point in their lives. The shoulder is the most movable joint in the body.

When healthy, it allows us to move our arms a full 270 degrees in range, something no other joint can do. Given this range of motion and complexity, it is clear why it is particularly prone to injury. The shoulder joint is also supported by soft tissues, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, which are subject to injury, overuse, and underuse.

Degenerative conditions and other diseases in the body may also contribute to shoulder problems or generate pain that travels along nerves to the shoulder.

Living with shoulder pain can make life miserable. A simple drive to the post office, lifting a grocery bag, or emptying the dishwasher can become monumental tasks. Shoulder pain and loss of function can substantially negatively impact one’s mood, sleep, and quality of life.

The doctors and clinical team at Main Line Spine focus on relieving pain and restoring function and mobility with shoulder problems, considering every treatment option available to help patients recover their quality of life and avoid major shoulder surgery.

Common Shoulder Problems

Common causes of shoulder problems include the following:

  • Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis)
  • Bone Fractures
  • Bursitis of the Shoulder
  • Cervical Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve)
  • Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capulitis)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (Inflammatory Joint Disease)
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Septic Arthritis
  • Separated Shoulder
  • Shoulder Dislocations
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Sprained Shoulder
  • Tendonosis
  • Tendonitis (Tendinitis)

Video Overview: Shoulder Anatomy