Young woman with sever back pain. She is holding her schoulder. Over white background. The hurting area was saturated in red to symbolize the pain.Click Here to download A Patient’s Guide to Shoulder Anatomy

The most common reason patients come to my office is for shoulder pain. Most of them aren’t major league pitchers or electricians working overhead. Instead, they spend most of their time behind the wheel or behind a desk, and don’t realize they’re slouching. The muscles around their shoulder blades get weak, and they’re prone to tendinitis and bursitis from bone spurs they never knew they had.

Most shoulder problems have several possible treatments. Combine remedies as symptoms come and go. Start simple, add more as needed; cut back when you have less pain. How much you’ll need, and how long it will take to feel better, depends on:

  • what’s causing your pain an how severe it is
  • your lifestyle and general health
  • how you expect your body to perform.

If your shoulders have started to hurt, be honest about how you’ve been treating them. Start with sitting up straight and strengthening the muscles across your upper back.

If you’ve done your best, but pain persists, the next step might be surgery to remove bone spurs and inflamed tissue, or to repair a tear in your rotator cuff: click here for information from the AAOS.

There are 4 main categories of shoulder problems: