What are the causes of shoulder pain?
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There are many different causes of shoulder pain. The most common are injuries to soft tissues such as muscles, ligaments, or tendons. Although mild injuries may go away with rest, other injuries do require medical attention.
Another possible cause of shoulder pain is bursitis, an inflammation of fluid filled sacs that cushion the shoulder joint.
Injuries to the cervical vetebrae, whiplash, broken bones, and rotator cuff tears also cause shoulder pain.
If a patient recently increased the frequency of sporting activities involving the shoulder, then overuse injuries are likely, whereas if a patient were in a car accident, or had a fall, that makes a traumatic injury more probable.
Note that injuries should never be diagnosed over the internet as only a health care professional who has performed a physical examination can give a reliable diagnosis.