Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Tender Shoulder Overview

Another name for Tender Shoulder is Shoulder Tenderness.

What is shoulder tenderness?
A person with shoulder tenderness has discomfort when pressing down on the bones or muscles of the shoulder. The most common causes of shoulder tenderness are arthritis, shoulder injury, infections, and inflammation from overuse. Rotator cuff tendinitis, shoulder bursitis, osteoarthritis, septic arthritis, and adhesive capsulitis are important causes for shoulder tenderness.

What are the symptoms of shoulder tenderness?
Symptoms that occur with shoulder tenderness include shoulder swelling, bruising, shoulder pain, or stiffness of the shoulder. Additional symptoms may include arm swelling, arm weakness, arm numbness, or a deformed shoulder.

How does the doctor treat shoulder tenderness?
Initial treatment for shoulder tenderness depends on the underlying cause and may include rest, a sling, cold compresses, physical therapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, or narcotic pain medications. Additional treatment for shoulder persistent or severe shoulder tenderness may include corticosteroid medication injections, antibiotics, physical therapy and surgery.

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