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Shoulder pain is a common problem that can be caused by a variety of factors. The shoulder is a complex joint that is made up of bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, and any problem with one or more of these components can cause pain. Figuring out what’s wrong with your aching shoulder is the first step toward making it better.
- Pain: Pain in the shoulder is the most common symptom of shoulder pain. It can range from a dull ache to a sharp, stabbing pain and may be present at rest or during movement.
- Stiffness: Stiffness in the shoulder can make it difficult to move the arm and can be a sign of conditions such as frozen shoulder.
- Weakness: Weakness in the shoulder can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks such as reaching overhead or lifting objects.
- Swelling: Swelling or redness in the shoulder may be a sign of inflammation or infection.
- Clicking or popping: Clicking or popping in the shoulder joint may be a sign of a rotator cuff tear or other joint problem.
- Numbness or tingling: Numbness or tingling in the shoulder or arm can be a sign of a nerve problem.
- Limited range of motion: Limited range of motion in the shoulder can be a sign of a rotator cuff tear, frozen shoulder, or other joint problem.
- Rotator cuff injury: The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint. Injury to the rotator cuff can cause pain, weakness, and difficulty moving the shoulder.
- Frozen shoulder: Frozen shoulder is a condition where the shoulder joint becomes stiff and painful, often because of injury or surgery.
- Arthritis: Arthritis is a condition that can affect any joint in the body, including the shoulder. It can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joint.
- Bursitis: Bursitis is a condition where the fluid-filled sacs in the shoulder become inflamed and cause pain and discomfort.
- Tendinitis: Tendinitis is a condition where the tendons in the shoulder become inflamed and cause pain.
- Shoulder impingement syndrome: Shoulder impingement syndrome is a condition where the rotator cuff tendons become compressed and cause pain and discomfort.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Can shoulder pain be a sign of a heart attack?
While shoulder pain can be a symptom of a heart attack, it is not a common symptom. Other symptoms of a heart attack include chest pain, shortness of breath, and light headedness. If you are experiencing these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
How can I prevent shoulder pain?
To prevent shoulder pain, it is important to maintain good posture, avoid repetitive motions that strain the shoulder joint, and engage in regular exercise to strengthen the muscles around the shoulder joint.
How long does it take to recover from shoulder surgery?
The recovery time after shoulder surgery will depend on the type of surgery performed and the individual's overall health and medical history. Recovery time can range from a few weeks to several months.