Shoulder pain can vary in the type of pain that is felt and the root cause. Because the shoulder is the most movable joint in the human body, swelling, damage, or bone changes around the rotator cuff could cause severe pain and greatly limit range of motion.
Patients experiencing shoulder pain should call their healthcare provider if they experience:
Proper treatment will hinge on accurate diagnosis.
The three types of shoulder pain include aching pain, radiating pain, and burning pain.
Aching shoulder pain may be associated with the following injuries and conditions:
Radiating pain may be caused by:
Burning pain in the shoulder, also known as subacromial bursitis, occurs when the bursa becomes inflamed or irritated and causes a burning sensation. Patients may experience pain radiating in their upper arm. A rotator cuff tear may also potentially cause burning shoulder pain.
Shoulder pain may be caused by the following conditions or injuries: