Shoulder pain may arise from the shoulder joint itself or any of the many surrounding muscles, ligaments, or tendons. Shoulder pain that comes from the joint usually worsens with typical daily activities or movement.
Various diseases and conditions affecting structures in your chest or abdomen, such as heart disease or gallbladder disease, also can cause shoulder pain. If you have pain that stems from another structure is called referred pain. Referred pain usually doesn’t worsen when you move that specific joint.
This pain is accompanied by difficulty breathing or a sense of tightness in the chest may be a symptom of a heart attack and requires immediate medical attention. Make an appointment with your doctor if your shoulder pain is accompanied by:
- Tenderness and warmth around the joint
The above information is for general education purposes only. Please ask your doctor specific questions during your visit.