Types of Shoulder Pain

Most shoulder problems are categorized in most commonly four types. These are tendon inflammation or tendon tear, instability, arthritis of some type, or a fracture. A less common cause for shoulder pain can be bursitis, or an inflammation of a sac of fluid that is surrounding the joint of the shoulder. The sac is meant to lessen or eliminate any friction that might occur with the gliding of tendons in the shoulder. The tendon looks like a cord and its’ purpose is to connect muscle to bones. This is in contrast to ligaments that connect bones to bones. Tendonitis is an inflammation of that cord. When it has been inflamed for a long period, it is referred to as tendinosis. This inflammation or tendonitis is very similar to the manner in which the sole of a shoe can wear down over time from wearing that shoe.

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