The shoulder joint is responsible for the greatest range of motion of all human joints. It is a spherical joint and therefore it is particularly vulnerable to injuries that arise during everyday activities, such as washing windows or working in the garden, or during physical activity (e.g., swimming, tennis, gym).
Shoulder pain is very common and can happen to anyone, regardless of age. They can be the result of overload, injuries, incorrect body posture, as well as degenerative changes, especially after the age of 60.
Shoulder pain can be acute or chronic. The former appears suddenly and is associated with the build-up of swelling after the injury. It can also be caused by rapid inflammation (e.g., in a gout attack). In this situation, urgent medical assistance and an appointment at the orthopedic emergency room are required.
Most often, however, shoulder pain is chronic and worsens periodically. At the same time, other ailments may appear, such as difficulty falling asleep on one side, a feeling of stiffness, tingling, as well as limited mobility of the entire joint, which prevents normal movement of the entire upper limb.