The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint that allows the arm to move in multiple directions and angles. Three bones, the collarbone (clavicle), the shoulder blade (scapula) and the upper arm bone (humerus) collectively form the shoulder joint. Cartilage in the glenoid cavity (socket) of the scapula allows the upper arm bone to move and rotate smoothly. One of the most common causes of shoulder pain is called an impingement. Shoulder impingements are caused by inflammation in the bursa (bursitis), a partial tendon or ligament tear, or inflammation in the connective tissues.

Shoulder Pain and Impingement

Nagging pain, swelling and impingements can be symptomatic of a broad range of injuries and medical conditions involving the component parts of the shoulder joint to include:

NOTE: Shoulder pain most often occurs when the arm is lifted laterally or above the head as well as at night. Common complaints include: pain under the deltoid muscle, pain on the side of the arm, pain on back of the shoulder blade and pain down the front of the upper arm.

If shoulder pain is limiting your activities and making your life miserable, use our website's Request an Appointment form or call Coastal Orthopedic Associates at (904) 269-1930.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is an educational resource. It is not intended to serve as a recommendation for the treatment or management of any medical condition. All decisions involving medical procedures or surgery should be made in conjunction with your physician or orthopedic surgeon.