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What causes shoulder pain?

The shoulder is made up of several different joints, including the humerus, the scapula, the clavicle, and many bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles to aid in movement. These joints work together to allow for a range of motion in your arm, everything from lifting weights to eating a snack. Shoulder pain can be a sign of deeper underlying injuries, such as frozen shoulder, tendonitis or even from your neck. It can easily occur in the left or right shoulder, or both, depending on how you use it. If left untreated, shoulder pain can lead to further pain, disability, frustration, and decreased quality of life.


Some of the most common shoulder pain injuries, diagnoses, and conditions include:

  • AC Joint Sprain

  • Biceps Tendonitis

  • Cervical Radiculopathy

  • Frozen Shoulder

  • Impingement of Soft Tissue

  • Labral tears

  • MDI (Multi-Directional Instability)

  • Overuse Injuries

  • Rotator Cuff Tears

  • Shoulder Bursitis

  • Shoulder Dislocation

  • Shoulder Fracture

  • Tendonitis

When should I see a doctor if I have shoulder pain?

If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, contact Rivertown Medical Center for prompt assistance with the problem:

  • Difficulty maneuvering arm for dressing self

  • Inability to reach a high shelf

  • Pain with lifting or carrying items

  • Sharp pain with pushing, pulling or reaching

  • Shoulder ache at rest

If your shoulder pain is sudden and not related to an injury, you should call 911 immediately, as it may be a sign of a heart attack or other medical emergency.

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How can shoulder pain be treated?

Regardless of your condition or pain level, the treatment at Rivertown Medical Center can help your shoulder pain which can improve your overall mobility and comfort. At Rivertown Medical Center, our medical team is skilled in evaluating, treating, and managing patients with a wide range of shoulder pain issues. They can pinpoint the cause of your shoulder pain and identify the right treatment plan, manual techniques, and exercises for you.


Some of the most common types of treatment for shoulder pain include:

  • Functional activities such as lifting and carrying

  • Manual therapy

  • Soft tissue manipulation

  • Trigger point injections

  • Platelet Rich Plasma or other Regenerative treatments

  • Stretching

  • Strengthening exercises

  • Joint injections

  • Range of motion exercises

Stop suffering from shoulder pain and start living again!

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