What are common causes of shoulder pain?

Dr. Mark Zunkiewicz explains causes of shoulder pain. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


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

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsOff Site Icon (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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