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These 5 Things Could Make Your Shoulder Pain Worse

Pain in the shoulder can be caused by a variety of problems, including injury or overuse. Problems within the joint, such as an arthritic condition or a dislocated shoulder, may also lead to shoulder pain. Other common causes of shoulder pain include rotator cuff tears, bursitis, tendonitis, and impingement.Symptoms of shoulder pain vary depending on the cause but may include a dull ache in the shoulder, sharp or burning pain, and difficulty when moving the arm or sleeping on the affected side. In cases of injury, swelling and redness may also occur around the area.

In some cases, shoulder pain may be accompanied by other symptoms such as a grinding sensation when you move the shoulder joint or weakness in the arm. It is important to consult a medical professional if you experience any of these symptoms so that they can diagnose and treat the underlying cause.

Treatment for shoulder pain will depend on the underlying cause but may include rest and physical therapy, medications to reduce inflammation, or surgery if more conservative methods are not effective. It is important to take additional steps to prevent shoulder pain, such as avoiding activities that may cause an injury or overuse the joint, practicing good posture, and maintaining a healthy weight.

If you experience any persistent shoulder pain, it is important to seek medical advice and treatment. A doctor can help determine the underlying cause of your symptoms and recommend the most effective treatment options. Early diagnosis and treatment will help you get back to your daily activities without pain and discomfort.

By following proper care tips, such as keeping your shoulder flexible with stretching exercises, strengthening muscles around the joint, and using proper technique when performing certain activities, you can improve your shoulder mobility and reduce the risk of developing further issues.

These 5 Things Could Make Your Shoulder Pain Worse

Shoulder pain is a common problem that can interfere with your daily activities and quality of life. In order to reduce or eliminate shoulder pain, it’s important to understand what might make it worse. Here are five things that can aggravate shoulder pain:

Poor Posture

Poor posture can put stress on the shoulder muscles, tendons, and joints. Make sure you are sitting and standing in a neutral position with your ears over your shoulders and feet slightly apart. This will help keep pressure off the shoulder area.

Doing too much repetitive motion can be bad for your shoulder. This is especially true of activities that involve lifting, pushing, or pulling. Make sure to take frequent breaks while engaging in any type of repetitive activity and pay attention to any signals from your body that you may be overdoing it.

Uncontrolled Movements

Making sudden or uncontrolled movements with the arms can cause shoulder pain. It’s important to be aware of the force you’re using when lifting, pushing, or pulling any object. Be sure to use good form and body mechanics so that your shoulder is in a neutral position during these activities.

Lack of Exercise

Not exercising can lead to tight or weak shoulder muscles which can cause pain. A regular exercise routine that includes stretching and strengthening exercises for the shoulder muscles can help improve shoulder strength and flexibility. Make sure to consult with a physical therapist or physician before beginning any type of workout program.


Injury is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain. Traumatic injuries such as falls, car accidents, or sports injuries can cause shoulder pain. If you have had an injury, make sure to get it evaluated by a medical professional and follow their advice on how to proceed with treatment.

By understanding what makes your shoulder pain worse, you can take steps to help reduce or eliminate it. Avoiding poor posture, overuse, uncontrolled movements, lack of exercise, and injury can all help to keep your shoulder feeling strong and healthy.

Are You Experiencing Shoulder Pain That Just Won’t Go Away?

If you’re struggling with shoulder pain and you want a plan to help alleviate it – our team is here to help!
If you are feeling pain or want more examples of ways to stay active to avoid or prevent pain in the future, make sure to contact our team.

We also offer a free discovery visit to get the conversation going and help you find the right treatment to help you reduce or eliminate pain.

We are also offering a $27 Shoulder Pain Assessment that will help give you an idea as to what is causing you to experience back pain and the next steps in treating it.

Reach out to one of our physical therapists at 208-237-2080 for more details on how we can help you manage your pain.

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