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Common Questions about Shoulder Pain in Women

"Not all left shoulder pain can be attributed to cardiac problems in women. Pain in the shoulder may occur due to inflammation in the bones, muscles and joints. Tendons, cartilages and other ligaments could also become inflamed, generating shoulder pain."
Dr. Aivars Vitols

Arthritis is a common cause of consistent shoulder pain in women and can severely affect comfort and quality of life. "Some forms of arthritis attack cartilage at the shoulder joints in women and cause tissue degradation and deterioration," explains Dr. Vitols. As the muscles, tendons and cartilage surrounding the bones deteriorate, bones begin to get misaligned and in some cases may begin to touch or rub against each other. This friction may create mild to excruciating pain.

Many women may approach lifting heavy loads or doing strenuous work differently than men. Dr. Vitols said "Women's shoulder joints are very mobile and allow for a wide range of angles. This can leave room for potential injury, if improper posture or motions occur." Incorrect lifting techniques, especially movement that involves significantly heavy items could result in shoulder pain.

Sometimes, sedentary lifestyles and careers can also contribute to shoulder pain, especially in women. There are workplace environments where more active jobs are reserved for men while women take on more sedentary roles that involve remaining in a particular spot for long periods of time.

If shoulder pain keeps you awake at night, it may be time to seek help. The orthopedic surgeons at Orthopedic Associates of SW Ohio can work with you to determine the course of treatment that is best for you.

Dr. Vitols is an orthopedic surgeon with Orthopedic Associates of SW Ohio. We have multiple offices located throughout the Miami Valley region to provide convenient, high quality, orthopedic care to the community.

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