The shoulder is a very complex part of the body. The elegant design of the shoulder joint allows for great range of motion but not much stability. As long as the parts of the shoulder joint are in good working order, the shoulder can move freely and painlessly.
The shoulder is comprised of the clavicle (collarbone), scapula (shoulder blade), and humerus (upper arm bone), as well as many muscles, ligaments, and tendons. We utilize our shoulders for lifting, pushing, and pulling.
The shoulder is a common area for aches and pains, often the result of repetitive motion used in sports, at work, or during other activities. Injuries and conditions associated with shoulder discomfort range from tendonitis, arthritis, and bursitis to fractures, rotator cuff injuries, and instabilities
Some of the common symptoms of shoulder pain include pain, swelling, and stiffness. Shoulder pain may be isolated in the joint, or felt within the muscles and tendons that surround and support the joint. Typically, shoulder pain will intensify when the joint is used. Left untreated, this pain eventually will reduce flexibility and range of motion.