The shoulder is a ball and socket joint with a large range of movement. Because the joint is very mobile, it tends to be more susceptible to injury. Shoulder pain can stem from one or more of the following causes:
- Strains from overexertion
- Tendonitis from overuse
- Shoulder joint instability
- Frozen shoulder
- Pinched nerves (also called radiculopathy)
A history, exam and diagnostic tests including MRI or X-ray are necessary to determine the cause of pain so that proper treatment recommendations can be made.