Shoulder Pain, Procedures, Treatments


The shoulder is a ball and socket joint that allows a wide range of movement. Because it is composed of several key structures such as tendons, cartilage and bone, the shoulder can be affected by a variety of conditions. Shoulder pain may include:

  • Pain with movement
  • Inability to lift the arm overhead
  • Night pain, especially with trying to lay on the affected shoulder 
  • Weakness of the shoulder muscles

Shoulder pain is common among older adults. Causes include arthritis, rotator cuff tears, tendinitis, impingement, and bursitis. 

Common shoulder ailments

  • Should arthritis
  • Bursitis or tendonitis
  • Instability of the shoulder (dislocations)
  • Rotator cuff tears

Common should treatments

  • Cortisone injection
  • Arthroscopy procedures
  • Joint replacement