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Shoulder Pain

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain is a common problem that can affect your daily activities. Pain can be caused by a problem within your shoulder, such as soreness of a tendon or bursa. A tendon is a cord of tough tissue that connects your muscles to your bones. The bursa is a fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between a bone and a tendon. Shoulder pain may also be caused by pain that spreads to your shoulder from another part of your body.

Shoulder Anatomy

What increases my risk for shoulder pain?

How is shoulder pain diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your pain, including how and when it started. Tell him or her if you have any weakness or if there was an injury. He or she will examine your shoulder and do tests to see how well you can move your shoulder. You may also need any of the following tests:

How is shoulder pain treated?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

How can I manage my symptoms?

How can I help prevent shoulder pain?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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