Shoulder Pain

From raising your hand during a work meeting to pulling something off a high shelf, your shoulder is essential to many of the movements you do throughout the day. When those movements are hindered by shoulder pain, it can interfere with your overall quality of life.

If you experience shoulder pain, you’re not alone. According to studies, up to 26% of the adult population is dealing with shoulder pain at any point in time. By determining the cause behind your pain, you can explore treatment options that will not only help alleviate your pain, but also restore its mobility and function.

Potential Causes of Shoulder Pain

There’s a wide variety of reasons that you could be experiencing shoulder pain, from gradual wear and tear that has developed over time to sudden injury. Most cases of shoulder pain also come along with other symptoms that interfere with its function, such as a reduced range of motion, muscle weakness and arm pain.
Here are some of the possible medical conditions or injuries that could be causing your shoulder pain:

Rotator cuff tendinitis

If you fall on your shoulder or consistently repeat the same arm motions, you could irritate an important group of muscles and tendons. The rotator cuff keeps your arm in your shoulder socket. Rotator cuff tendinitis refers to swelling of the tissue that connects your shoulder bones and muscles.


In your shoulder, you have fluid-filled sacs that function as cushions for your joints. If they become inflamed, you can develop bursitis in the shoulder, also known as impingement syndrome. Bursitis is usually the result of overuse or injury. It can cause pain as well as swelling or redness.


If you have arthritis in your shoulder, that means that the cartilage in the joints has been damaged. The most common type of arthritis that can affect the shoulder is osteoarthritis. It usually develops gradually over time. Arthritis in the shoulder can cause stiffness and reduced range of motion.

Pinched nerve

Neck pain and shoulder pain are often more connected than you may think. If there is tissue, bone or a disc putting pressure on the spinal nerve in your neck, the nerve can become pinched, causing cervical radiculopathy. It can result in shoulder pain, numbness and tingling, especially during neck movements.

Forever Fit Can Treat Your Shoulder Pain With Physical Therapy

Shoulder pain is one of the most common reasons that people seek out physical therapy because it can have a negative impact on your day-to-day movements. At Forever Fit, we can help pinpoint the cause of your pain and design a personalized treatment plan for you. The goal is to help manage the pain as well as increase your shoulder’s strength, flexibility and range of motion.

Depending on the severity and cause of your shoulder pain, your physical therapist may recommend a variety of treatment options, including:

  • Massage.
  • Therapeutic exercises.
  • Electrotherapy.
  • Ice and heat modalities.

Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.