Shoulder pain is more common than you may think. In a recent study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, approximately 15 cases per 1000 patients occur annually. The causes behind shoulder pain are varied, as are the treatments to relieve it.


A common cause of shoulder pain is separation where the shoulder blade and collarbone join, known as the acromioclavicular joint. This can be caused by a hard blow or fall.


A fracture can also be brought on by a fall or a hard hit. The clavicle and the humerus are the most commonly affected. If you have fractured these bones, it may be impossible to lift your arm.

Torn Cartilage

If you perform repetitive movements, you can suffer from torn cartilage. The frequency of the motion can cause wear and tear on the cartilage, causing the tear.

Torn Rotator Cuff

This injury can also be caused by wear and tear or through a fall. If you have a torn rotator cuff, it may hurt when you try to lift objects and may be accompanied by a cracking or rubbing sound when you try to move it.


Bursitis occurs when the fluid-filled sac that cushions your shoulder joint becomes inflamed through repetitive motions.


There are two types of arthritis that can cause shoulder pain. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that causes the cartilage between joints to break down, allowing bones to rub together. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes your immune system to attack the protective joint lining.

These are only a few examples of the causes of shoulder joint pain. If you are experiencing any type of shoulder pain but are unsure as to the cause, Steven Struhl MD can help. Contact our office to schedule a consultation.

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