Shoulder pain can be caused by various conditions, including AC joint sprains, rotator cuff pathologies, and impingement syndrome. These conditions can lead to discomfort, limited range of motion, and difficulty performing daily activities.
AC joint sprains occur when the ligaments that connect the acromion (part of the shoulder blade) and the collarbone become stretched or torn. This type of injury is often caused by a fall onto the shoulder or a direct blow to the area. Symptoms of an AC joint sprain can include pain, swelling, tenderness, and limited shoulder movement.
Rotator cuff pathologies involve damage to the tendons and muscles that surround the shoulder joint. The rotator cuff is a group of four tendons that provide stability and facilitate shoulder movement. Rotator cuff injuries can range from strains and tendinosis to partial or full-thickness tears. Symptoms may include shoulder pain, weakness, difficulty lifting objects, and a clicking or popping sensation.
Impingement syndrome occurs when the rotator cuff tendons and the bursa (a fluid-filled sac that cushions the tendons) become compressed or pinched between the bones in the shoulder. This can result from repetitive overhead activities or structural abnormalities in the shoulder. Symptoms often include pain, weakness, and difficulty reaching overhead or behind the back.
It is important to seek medical evaluation and guidance for shoulder pain to receive an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan. Dr. Jack and his team will perform a physical examination, order imaging tests if necessary, and provide recommendations based on the specific condition and its severity.