Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain

What Is Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain includes any pain that arises in or around your shoulder. Shoulder pain can come from the shoulder joint itself, or it may come from any of the surrounding tendons, muscles or ligaments. Shoulder pain typically worsens with movement or activities of the arm or shoulder.

Certain diseases and conditions disturbing structures in your chest or abdomen, such as gallbladder or heart disease, can also be a cause of shoulder pain. Shoulder pain that comes from another structure is called “referred pain.” Referred shoulder pain usually does not get worse as you move your shoulder.

Shoulder Pain Causes:

Causes of shoulder pain include:

  • Avascular necrosis
  • Brachial plexus injury
  • Broken arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Heart attack
  • Impingement
  • Sprains and strains
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Separated shoulder
  • Septic arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Tendon rupture
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Torn cartilage


At Chicagoland Medical we understand the many causes of shoulder pain and work with our patients individually to find out what’s causing their specific pain. On your first consultation, our trained professionals will do an analysis of your shoulder which may or may not include diagnostic testing. After this we will work with you individually to discuss a personalized and non-invasive treatment option that’s right for you.

When Should I Seek Medical Assistance?

In a severe case, shoulder pain accompanied by difficulty breathing or a sense of tightness in the chest may be a symptom of a heart attack which requires immediate medical attention. You should also seek immediate medical attention if you are experiencing sudden swelling of your shoulder, intense pain, inability to use the joint or move your arm away from your body, or if your joint appears to be deformed.

What Can Chicagoland Medical Do For My Shoulder Pain?

Our medical professionals have years of experience treating patients with shoulder pain and will work with you to reduce any tenderness around your joint. We know shoulder pain is not fun and want to provide relief to anyone suffering from any swelling, redness or tenderness in their shoulder. Resting, icing or taking toxic medications does not necessarily treat your pain and can only alleviate for a short period of time.

Listen to your body and take your pain seriously by coming into one of our offices today for your first consultation.

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