5 Common Causes of Shoulder Pain
The most common type of arthritis, is when the cartilage protecting the joints degenerates or wears down. The chronic pain caused by osteoarthritis is often worse at night. The affected joints might creak or click due to the loss of cushioning from the cartilage. In addition to stiffness and weakness, the joint might appear swollen. Osteoarthritis most often occurs in people over 50 and can be hereditary.
Rotator Cuff Damage
The group of for muscles and tendons that connect the arm to the shoulder is called the rotator cuff. The tendons are susceptible to inflammation and bruising, leading to pain when performing overhead activities, sleeping on the affected side or reaching behind your back. Left untreated, rotator cuff injuries can cause persistent shoulder pain even Frozen Shoulder.
A diagnosis of bursitis means there is inflammation of the bursa, the tissue-thin sacs of fluid that cushion the bones, tendons and muscles in a joint. Bursitis can cause a dull ache that worsens with movements of the arm upward or to the side away from the body.