What are common causes of shoulder pain?

Pain in the shoulder can result from an injury or a condition like arthritis, according to The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Common causes are some injury to the tendon or rotator cuff, the AAFP states.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), conditions of the shoulder fall into four main categories:

  • Arthritis
  • Fracture
  • Instability
  • Tendon inflammation (bursitis or tendinitis) or tendon tear

Rare causes of shoulder pain include tumors, infection, and nerve-related problems, the AAOS states.

For more information about shoulder pain, talk to your doctor.

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