What causes shoulder pain?

The shoulder is made up of bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, any one of which that could have a condition that causes pain, according to the American Academy of Family PhysiciansOff Site Icon (AAFP). The AAFP states that shoulder pain can be the result of the breakdown of soft tissue in the shoulder or in the area around the shoulder, and can be the result of repetitive motion.

There are several conditions that can cause shoulder pain, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsOff Site Icon (AAOS). The AAOS states that shoulder pain comes in four categories:

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

Other rare conditions that are associated with shoulder pain include tumors, infection, and nerve-related conditions, according to the AAOS.

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

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