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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.

Frozen shoulder (a condition in which motion in the shoulder is severely limited in all directions) or a torn tendon (rotator cuff tear) are also possible as complications of these other conditions. A crystal-induced arthritis (such as gout or pseudogout) or even an infection are also possible, though less likely.

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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