Shoulder Pain: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

In this short video, Casey Crisp, DC talks about some of the common causes of shoulder impingement and pain. He describes how limited range of motion or sharp pains in the shoulder can stem from weak muscle groups. Watch as he demonstrates simple movements you can incorporate to your day to increase your range of motion while simultaneously decreasing pain. By treating the problem at the source, Airrosti helps eliminate pain quickly in an average of just three visits. Click here to learn more about what to expect at your first visit to Airrosti.


What most people call the shoulder is really a group of several joints that combine with tendons and muscles to allow a wide range of motion in the arm — from scratching your back to throwing the perfect pitch. Shoulder pain is an extremely common complaint, and there are many common causes of this problem. Most shoulder problems fall into four major categories:

The most commonly affected tendons in the shoulder are the four rotator cuff tendons and one of the biceps tendons. Most shoulder injuries are caused by sports, weightlifting, strenuous exercise, or lifting heavy objects. Common conditions include bursitis, rotator cuff tendonitis, frozen shoulder, impingement syndrome, and shoulder strain.


Pain around the shoulder blade and shoulder injuries can be very uncomfortable and easily aggravated by movement. If you have any type of shoulder injury or pulled shoulder muscle, you will know it, as shoulder pain can greatly hinder your ability to move freely and without discomfort.

Depending on your condition, you may experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Dull, aching pain that worsens with activity
  • Limited range of motion
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • An audible clicking sound when you move
  • Difficulty with activities such as brushing your teeth/hair or putting on shirts
  • Sharp pain when you reach overhead
  • Tenderness to touch
  • Pain that may radiate toward the neck or down the front of the arm
  • Swelling, bruising, or redness
  • Stiffness and weakness of the shoulder muscles


Shoulder pain can be extremely debilitating, making everyday activities difficult. If left untreated, conditions such as rotator cuff tendonitis can lead to more serious problems, including inflammation, thinning and even tearing of the tendons.

The treatment of shoulder pain depends on the precise cause of the pain. Often, shoulder rehab exercises are one of the most effective forms of treatment, along with education about prevention.

Traditionally, treatment for frozen shoulder has focused on pain management. While this condition usually resolves on its own, it can persist for months or even years.

Rest is often recommended for those suffering with tendonitis, along with physical therapy or steroid injections. Over time, however, symptoms can worsen and make the condition extremely painful. Some conditions, such as impingement syndrome, typically require long periods of rest, and healing may take up to eight weeks.


Because many shoulder conditions present with similar symptoms, it is important to make an accurate diagnosis so that appropriate treatment can be directed at the cause. Airrosti providers are skilled at accurately diagnosing and treating the root cause of your pain, in most cases fully resolving the pain in as few as three visits (based on patient-reported outcomes).

While traditional treatment focuses on rest and restricted activity, Airrosti can help significantly reduce recovery time, increases the range of motion and flexibility, and keeps patients active and moving during and after treatment — so you never have to stop doing what you love.

Shoulder pain can make even the simplest of daily activities extremely difficult and painful. If left untreated, the condition can easily worsen, leading to chronic pain and recurring injury. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, don’t wait. Click here to schedule a risk-free Airrosti appointment today.


Reviewed by Casey Crisp, Doctor of Chiropractic

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