PAIN Problems and

Shoulder Pain

What is Shoulder Pain?

Your shoulder is made up of three bones: your upper arm bone (humerus), your shoulder blade (scapula), and your collarbone (clavicle).

The head of your upper arm bone fits into a rounded socket in your shoulder blade. This socket is called the glenoid. A combination of muscles and tendons keeps your arm bone centered in your shoulder socket.

These tissues are called the rotator cuff. They cover the head of your upper arm bone and attach it to your shoulder blade.

What Causes Shoulder Pain?

  • Tendon inflammation (Bursitis or Tendinitis) or tendon tear
  • Instability
  • Arthritis
  • Fracture (Broken bone)
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Tendon Tears
  • Impingement
  • Instability
  • Arthritis
  • Fracture


There are several ways you can help your shoulder pain.

  • Painkillers
  • Heat or cold therapy
  • Rest and exercise
  • Posture

When Should I Seek Professional Help?

Unless you have had a serious injury or get a sudden, continuous pain, you can usually treat your shoulder pain without having to see your doctor.

If, after two weeks of treating yourself, you feel the pain is not any better you should see your doctor or a physiotherapist.

You should also see your doctor as soon as possible if you:

  • Develop severe pain in both shoulders
  • Also have pain in your thighs
  • Feel feverish or unwell

When Should I Seek Professional Help?

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What causes shoulder pain?

There Are Three Main Categories Of Pain:

Acute Pain

Lasts for a short time and occurs following surgery or trauma or other condition. It acts as a warning to the body to seek help. Although it usually improves as the body heals, in some cases, it may not.

Cancer Pain

Lasts beyond the time expected for healing following surgery, trauma or other condition. It can also exist without a clear reason at all. Although chronic pain can be a symptom of other disease, it can also be a disease in its own right, characterised by changes within the central nervous system.

Chronic Pain

Can occur in patients with early stage and advanced disease, and in cancer survivors as a severe and debilitating side-effect of treatment.

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