A shoulder strain can occur when muscles or tendons are stretched too far, making it difficult for you to exercise, or even take part in daily tasks.
What causes shoulder pain?
Shoulders are complicated joints that are susceptible to a range of injuries. These include:
- Instability, which occurs when your upper arm bone comes out of the socket, either partially or completely. This harms the neighboring muscles, tendons, and ligaments. If tissues do not recover sufficiently, the condition can become chronic.
- Tendon inflammation or a tendon tear can happen due to trauma or develop progressively as tissues experience aging and wear and tear.
- Osteoarthritis, which progresses gradually over time and can cause swelling, pain, and stiffness in your joint.
- Fractures, which are usually the result of a trauma or fall. Fractures cause extreme pain and swelling.
You may also suffer shoulder pain due to subluxations, or misalignments, in the vertebrae of your spine. This misalignment can cause compression and inflammation of nerves, muscles, and connective tissue, resulting in shoulder pain.