Last updated on January 17th, 2019

Causes for Shoulder Pain

Below is a thorough listing of causes for shoulder pain according to the Mayo Clinic. We categorized the listing for better distinction of serious life threatening to lifestyle threatening causes.

Potentially Immediately Life threatening

  1. Avascular necrosis (death of bone tissue due to limited blood flow)
  2. Brachial plexus injury
  3. Broken arm
  4. Broken collarbone
  5. Heart attack
  6. Septic arthritis

Immediate Care Non-Life Threatening

  1. Dislocated shoulder (acute)
  2. Rotator cuff injury (acute)
  3. Separated shoulder (acute)
  4. Tendon rupture
  5. Torn cartilage

Lifestyle Threatening

  1. Bursitis (joint inflammation)
  2. Cervical radiculopathy(long-standing)
  3. Frozen shoulder
  4. Impingement
  5. Osteoarthritis (disease causing the breakdown of joints)
  6. Polymyalgia rheumatica
  7. Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory joint disease)
  8. Sprains and strains
  9. Tendinitis
  10. Thoracic outlet syndrome

Always consult with your primary healthcare practitioner to assess your condition for best diagnosis. Learn more about Fixing Shoulder Pain.

Dr. Paul Paez, DC, NRT, NET, CMT

National Board Certified Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), trained in clinical nutrition (NRT), neuro-emotional release (NET), and Massage Therapy (CMT). Dr. Paul holds the rare triple distinction of Certified Posture Expert, Certified Posture Neurologist and Certified Posture Ergonomist by the American Posture Institute. Posture Possible is the very best resource for posture information.