6 Common Causes Of Shoulder Pain Without Injury

What are the common causes of shoulder pain without injury?

  1. Arthritis
  2. Bursitis
  3. Frozen shoulder
  4. Rotator cuff tears
  5. Shoulder strain
  6. Spine or disc problems
The shoulders are the part of your body with the widest and most versatile range of motion. So, when your shoulders feel painful, it limits what you can do and even causes a lot of stiffness and discomfort. While the first cause that comes to mind is an injury, shoulder pain can still occur even without an accident. If this is what you’re experiencing now, and it's preventing you from moving freely, then keep reading. We talk about the common causes of shoulder pain without injury, and what you can do to fix it:

Arthritis

Arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation in the joints, including your shoulders. Two types of arthritis commonly lead to shoulder pain: 
  • Osteoarthritis — also known as a “wear and tear” condition, as it happens when the cartilage that covers your bones is worn down. Without them, your bones rub against each other, which results in pain.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) — an autoimmune disorder that affects the joint lining of your shoulders. It prevents the proper lubrication of your shoulder joints, which causes the cartilage to painfully rub together. 

Bursitis

Another part of your shoulder that can be affected by friction are these sac-like structures called bursae. They keep soft tissue, such as your tendons and ligaments, away from your bones — preventing a buildup of friction.  But, when you have bursitis, these protective sacs become inflamed — and in some cases, infected. This can lead to pain in your shoulders as the soft tissue around the area is subjected to irritation and friction. 

Frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder If you feel stiffness on top of the pain in your shoulders, it may be a sign that you’re suffering from a condition called frozen shoulder. Also known as adhesive capsulitis, it happens when the connective tissues around your shoulder joint become tense and thick. This can restrict movement, and also lead to discomfort as well as pain.  This cause is most common in older adults, but can also happen due to conditions like diabetes, as well as repetitive strain or injury to the shoulder. 

Rotator cuff tears

A group of cuff-like muscles that are connected to your neck to your upper arm is needed to move your shoulder around. These are called rotator cuffs, and when these become damaged, then your shoulder will feel painful and stiff.  A rotator cuff tear is technically an injury, but one that doesn’t happen because of external factors. It’s often caused by wear and tear over time, which is made worse by repetitive stress and reduced blood supply in your shoulders. This is common in laborers, athletes, and the like. This condition is also more likely to happen to you as you age, usually on your dominant side. 

Shoulder strain

Shoulder strain As your shoulder has the widest range of motion in your body, it also has one of the most unstable joints. What this means is that it is more vulnerable to straining, especially when you play sports or engage in physical labor. What happens when the muscles and tendons around your shoulder are overexerted or overextended — resulting in microscopic tearing. This then causes pain and soreness in your shoulders. 

Spine or disc problems

Spine or disc problems Symptoms of shoulder pain can originate from other body problems you may be experiencing. This usually happens when you have spine and/or disc problems, such as a herniated disc in your upper back. These problems cause pain to radiate throughout your torso, including your shoulder. 

Key Takeaway

There are many causes of shoulder pain without injury that you have to consider when this issue seems to occur out of thin air. If you have trouble determining where your discomfort is coming from, then schedule a visit to Chiropractic Philippines. Our highly experienced chiropractors can examine your shoulder and help you address the root cause of your pain — so you can get back to the active lifestyle you enjoy!

Written By: Dr. Benedicto Luz Adorable III

Dr. Ben is the CEO and Founder of Philippine Chiropractic Healthcare Specialist. He has a Doctorate Degree of Chiropractic from Parker College of Chiropractic.

To read more about Dr. Ben, click here.

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