The best way to treat rotator cuff tendinitis, the most common cause of shoulder pain, is with simple home therapies. Swinging a tennis racket, digging in the garden, placing a book on a high shelf, and reaching back to insert your arm into a sleeve — these are some of the movements made possible by the shoulder's enormous range of motion. We use this mobility in so many activities that when the shoulder hurts, it can be disabling. For younger people, sports injuries are the main source of trouble, but the rest of us have more to fear from the normal wear and tear that, over time, weakens shoulder tissues and leaves them vulnerable to injury. The risk is greatest for people with occupations or hobbies that require repetitive or overhead movements, such as carpenters, painting, tennis, or baseball. The most common cause of shoulder pain is rotator cuff tendinitis — inflammation of key tendons in the shoulder.
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The joint is surrounded by a tough fibrous sleeve called the capsule, which helps to hold the joint together. A group of four muscles and their tendons make up the rotator cuff, which controls movement and also helps to hold the joint together. There are many causes of shoulder pain, but most cases will only affect a small area and are relatively short-lived. Shoulder pain may also be part of a general condition such as rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. If your pain has a particular cause, like arthritis, treating that condition may help.
Top of the page Check Your Symptoms. Minor shoulder problems, such as sore muscles and aches and pains, are common. Shoulder problems develop from everyday wear and tear, overuse, or an injury.
Sometimes moving your shoulder can trigger a clicking sound or a popping sensation near where the joint connects at the top of your arm. That popping feeling is called crepitus. That pain can be a symptom of other health conditions or an injury.