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Shoulder Pain

Based on your answers, some of the most likely causes of your shoulder pain are

  • tendonitis

  • bursitis

  • a muscle strain.

A torn tendon (rotator cuff tear) or frozen shoulder are also possible. Frozen shoulder is a condition in which motion in the shoulder is severely limited in all directions. It may complicate other shoulder conditions if pain lasts long enough and if you restrict your motion as a response.

Over-the-counter pain medicines, rest and ice may be helpful, but if symptoms persist, it is important that you see a physician to evaluate these symptoms.

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