Shoulder pain causes include:

  1. Avascular necrosis (osteonecrosis) (The death of bone tissue due to limited blood flow.)
  2. Brachial plexus injury
  3. Broken arm
  4. Broken collarbone
  5. Bursitis (A condition in which small sacs that cushion the bones, tendons and muscles near joints become inflamed.)
  6. Cervical radiculopathy
  7. Dislocated shoulder
  8. Frozen shoulder
  9. Heart attack
  10. Impingement
  11. Muscle strains
  12. Osteoarthritis (the most common type of arthritis)
  13. Polymyalgia rheumatica
  14. Rheumatoid arthritis
  15. Rotator cuff injury
  16. Separated shoulder
  17. Septic arthritis
  18. Sprains (Stretching or tearing of a tissue band called a ligament, which connects two bones together in a joint.)
  19. Tendinitis (A condition that happens when swelling called inflammation affects a tendon.)
  20. Tendon rupture
  21. Thoracic outlet syndrome
  22. Torn cartilage

Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.

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Aug. 31, 2023