If you have shoulder pain, you probably also have difficulty reaching over your head, pulling on a jacket, or even just using your arm normally. Over time, shoulder pain can leave you unable to care for yourself properly. At TruWell Health in St. Petersburg, Florida, you can avoid long-term shoulder problems or disability simply by seeking a diagnosis and starting a treatment and prevention plan now. The seasoned team of pain and sports medicine experts offers unique protocols customized to your needs. Call the office or use online scheduling to book your consultation.

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What causes my shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain is often related to:


The most common kind of arthritis in the shoulder is osteoarthritis, which is a degenerative condition causing the joints to wear down as you age. Less commonly, you can have rheumatoid arthritis in your shoulder.

Rotator cuff injury or damage

The rotator cuff is the tendon and muscle group that secures your shoulder joint. A tear in the rotator cuff or inflammation in the rotator cuff tendons (tendinitis) can cause serious pain.


Bursitis is inflammation inside the sacs that lie between your bones and soft tissues. When your bursae get irritated and swollen, you can have serious pain. Shoulder bursitis and rotator cuff damage often happen together.

Shoulder impingement syndrome

If the top part of your shoulder puts pressure on the tendons and bursae, it’s called impingement. Shoulder impingement syndrome can cause bursitis and tendinitis.

Shoulder instability

Shoulder instability means that your humerus (long upper arm bone) pops or drifts out of the shoulder socket either partly or completely. This dislocation can cause ligament, tendon, and muscle damage, especially if it’s not corrected quickly. If you have recurring shoulder dislocations, it’s not only painful but also increases your risk for arthritis.


Fractures, aka bone breaks, can be minor cracks, full breaks, or traumatic breaks that pierce the skin. You can fracture any shoulder bone, with the clavicle (collarbone) and humerus being common sites.

Labral tear

A labral tear occurs in the fibrocartilage around your shoulder socket. It’s often related to sports injury or other accidents, but labral tears may also happen with normal degeneration.

There are many other potential causes of shoulder pain as well. Often, pain and stiffness occur at the same time.

When should I see a doctor for shoulder pain?

In some cases, shoulder pain may be temporary and ease with a short rest. But, if your shoulder pain is severe, or if you also have symptoms like stiffness, swelling, and limited range of motion, it’s time to call TruWell Health for help.

How do you treat shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain treatment at TruWell Health is completely nonsurgical. The team prescribes a customized protocol for both pain relief and healing from within.

Trigger point injections, hyaluronic acid injections, intravenous (IV) therapy, physical therapy, and regenerative medicine treatments can all work together to help you recover strength and function.

For cutting-edge shoulder pain treatments, call the experts at TruWell Health, or click on the online booking tool to make your appointment.