Persistent and Vague Shoulder Pain – Consider Posterior Inferior Labral Tear

Persistent and Vague Shoulder Pain – Consider Posterior Inferior Labral Tear   Case Example A 30 year old man presented with increasing deep seated shoulder pain for the past 1 year. It was attributed to a work accident where his left shoulder was forcefully pusshed backward while supporting against a heavy container. He did not … Continue reading

Shoulder Pain from Repetitive Overhead Sports – Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

Shoulder pain with overhead activities in a person above 45 can be from impingement syndrome.  This is a condition where the top of the arm bone (humeral head) rubs against a bony spur under the overhanging bone called the acromion. The acromion is part of the shoulder blade. It can affect someone who does a … Continue reading

Sudden Severe Shoulder Pain – Think of Shoulder Calcific Tendonitis

Every now and then I will see a patient who suddenly develops severe shoulder pain almost out of the blue and they have difficulties lifting up the painful shoulder. One possible diagnosis to keep in mind is that of calcium crystal deposition into the tendons of the shoulder.  We doctors call it “Calcific tendonitis of … Continue reading

Painful Shoulder – Impingement Syndrome?

There are a few common causes of a painful shoulder.  They include: Shoulder impingement syndrome. Shoulder rotator cuff tear. Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis). In this post, I will talk about shoulder impingement syndrome. What is Shoulder Impingement Syndrome? There is a small space between the head of the upper arm bone (humerus) and the acromion (a … Continue reading

Shoulder Pain – Do You Have a Rotator Cuff Tear?

Pain in the Shoulder A common cause of shoulder pain in a person above the age of 50 is a tear in the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is a group of 4 tendons that envelopes the shoulder joint and help to move the shoulder.  The tendons are called supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis. … Continue reading