Shoulder pain is a common problem witha number ofdifferent causes. It's often a symptom of another problem.

There are a number of reasons why you might be experiencing shoulder pain, which include:

  • poor posture
  • Frozen shoulder a painful condition that reduces normal movement in the joint and can sometimes prevent movement in the shoulder altogether
  • rotator cuff disorders the rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint and help to keep it stable
  • shoulder instability where the shoulder is unstable andmay havean unusually large range of movement (hypermobility)
  • acromioclavicular joint disorders conditions, including osteoarthritis that affect the acromioclavicular joint, which is the joint at the top of the shoulder
  • osteoarthritis in the shoulder joints
  • a broken (fractured) bone,such as a fracture of the humerus (upper arm bone) or broken collarbone

In some cases, pain in the shoulder isn't caused by a problem in the shoulder joint, but by a problem in another area, such as the neck, that is felt in the shoulder and upper back.

Avoiding activities that may aggravate your symptoms will also help.

Depending on the cause of your shoulder pain, you may need further treatment, such as:

  • physiotherapy
  • injections of corticosteroids a type of medication that contains hormones
  • surgery (in some cases)

In most cases, shoulder disorders improve over time iftreatment advice is followed.

Readabout how shoulder pain is treated .

When to see your GP

You should see your GP if your pain is the result of an injury,is particularly bad, or there is no sign of improvement after a couple of weeks.

Shoulder pain can be a long-term problem:up to half of people stillhave symptoms after 18 months. A correct diagnosiswill ensure youreceivetheright treatment.


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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 24 Jun 2016