Why Does Your Shoulder Hurt?
Shoulder injuries and chronic shoulder pain are common among people ages 50 and older, as well as in younger athletes whose sports involve overhead reaching and throwing. In general, shoulder injuries and pain are caused by:
Sudden, Traumatic Injuries
Fractures, tears, and dislocations may occur during sports or recreational activities.
Arthritis and Bone Spurs
These develop over years of repetitive wear on the shoulder joint.
Overuse of the Shoulder Joint, leading to:
- Swollen tendons
- Bursitis -- inflammation of the bursa, the sac that cushions the joint
- Shoulder impingement -- when the top of the shoulder rubs painfully against underlying tissues
- Immobility, which can result in or be caused by frozen shoulder
- Frozen shoulder, a thickening or tightening of the capsule of connective tissue that holds the shoulder together, which can occur:
- When illness or surgery keeps you from moving your arm for an extended time
- In response to minor trauma
- In the absence of trauma, particularly in women and people with diabetes
When to Seek Immediate Care
A severe shoulder injury, such as a fracture or other trauma, requires immediate medical care and may need to be evaluated in the emergency room.
If you need to see an orthopaedic provider right away, many of our clinics have same-day and next-day appointments available.
You can get immediate care at Duke’s Orthopaedic Urgent Care. We provide orthopaedic-specific care at two convenient locations seven days a week. You'll have the convenience of fast service with no unnecessary exposure to sick people.