The pain from a shoulder injury can range from slight discomfort to severe pain. At Angelo Mattalino, MD, we understand your pain, and we can help you with a treatment plan that will bring relief. If you are having a problem with your shoulder, there are certain signs that will indicate whether or not you’ll need to see a professional. Here are some of the symptoms you may experience when you require treatment for shoulder injuries.
Causes of Shoulder Pain
When it comes to pain in the shoulder, most causes can be classified into four different categories, including:
- Fractures or broken bones
- Shoulder instability
- Tendon tears or inflammation (tendinitis or bursitis)
A serious injury that requires immediate medical attention may include the following symptoms:
It’s Painful to Reach Across the Body
This symptom is often observed in manual laborers, bodybuilders, weightlifters, etc. and may indicate osteoarthritis or distal clavicle osteolysis. If there was a traumatic event that occurred before the pain appeared, the AC joint might have been injured. Both of these shoulder injuries require treatment.
Shoulder Appears Deformed
If you have received a direct hit on your shoulder, you may be suffering from a joint injury or a fracture. If there is a clavicle fracture, the collarbone may be sticking out, and if your shoulder looks out of place near the top, it may be due to an injury of the acromioclavicular joint. Any type of deformity should be followed up by a physician for treatment.
Unable to Lift Your Arm
If you’re having trouble lifting your arm due to severe pain, there may be a tear in your rotator cuff. In some cases, you may still be able to lift the arm while tolerating the pain but don’t have the strength to raise it very high. This symptom can also develop when rotator cuff tendinitis continues for an extended period of time.
Popping or Clicking Shoulders
These types of sounds, which are emanating from deep down in the shoulder, may be due to a labral tear. Many times, the popping can also be felt during an exercise such as a push-up or a bench press.