Shoulder pain is no fun, to say the least. It can leave you in pain while doing the most basic daily activities. Walking the dog? Ouch. Stirring a pot of soup? Wince-inducing. Lying down for a nap? A painful proposition. Getting to the bottom of your shoulder pain symptoms and what is causing them will put you on the path to living life pain-free.
Shoulder pain is typically caused by a problem in the muscles, nerves, or tendons that surround the shoulder joint – or by a problem in the joint itself.
The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint that is made up of three bones: the clavicle (collarbone), the humerus (the upper arm bone), and the scapula (the shoulder blade). The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body. It gets its mobility from the rotator cuff – a group of four tendons that connect surrounding muscles to the shoulder bones. Shoulder pain can affect anyone. And when it does, it can be quite painful and disruptive to everyday activities.