Shoulder Pain and Common Causes [Video]

Ask the Expert: Shoulder Video Series

About the video: What are common causes of shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain can be caused my a number of factors, such as sports injuries, wear and tear, and pinched nerves. Summit Orthopedics’ experts Brent Warner, M.D. and Mark Holm, M.D. identify and explain the most common causes of shoulder pain.

Meet Dr. Brent Warner

Dr. Warner’s approach: “As an athlete, I understand the profound impact that an injury can have on a patient’s life and well-being. My goal is to return people to activity as quickly and safely as possible, whether that’s training for an ultramarathon or walking the dog around the block.”

Dr. Warner’s education: Dr. Warner received his undergraduate degree from Duke University in Durham, NC. He completed his medical doctorate at the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, OH, and his residency took place at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC. For advanced fellowship training, he attended the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, CO.

Meet Dr. Mark Holm

Dr. Holm’s approach: “Hand and arm injuries can change your life. Timely care done with a thoughtful plan can minimize the long term effect of an injury.”

Dr. Holm’s background: Dr. Holm began his studies in South Dakota, first earning his undergraduate degree at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, and later earning his medical degree at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine in Vermillion. He went on to complete his residency at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and he also completed a Hand Surgery fellowship at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Video Transcription

I think the most common causes of shoulder pain really can be broken down into kind of two categories. So, category one are traumatic injuries, which might be something like a sports injury or a fall. And then, more sort of chronic, degenerative types of injuries. And so, those are things that come from just repetitive use or chronic wear and tear – or, honestly, just to some extent the aging process in the shoulder. And oftentimes those two different categories really have different focuses in their treatment and ways to make people feel better. Other causes of pain and weakness in the shoulder could be a bone tumor or a nerve problem, a pinched nerve in the neck or a nerve problem under the shoulder, and that can cause pain, weakness. And then the people who do a lot of overhead repetitive tasks at work can get a lot of shoulder pain. It’s because that rotator cuff is rubbing against that bony roof of the shoulder here. So, when the arm comes up, the rotator cuff may rub against bone spurs that can form on this roof of the shoulder when a patient gets past age 40. And so, the room for the cuff there gets diminished, gets more narrow. So, when they lift their arm, the rotator cuff is jammed against that front edge of the acromion, we call the roof of the shoulder. Then that’s a source of pain.

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  • Mark Holm MD

    Mark Holm, M.D.

    “Hand and arm injuries can change your life. Timely care done with a thoughtful plan can minimize the long term effect of an injury.”

    More about this expert

  • Brent Warner MD

    Brent Warner, M.D.

    “As an athlete, I understand the profound impact that an injury can have on a patient’s life and well-being. My goal is to return people to activity as quickly and safely as possible, whether that’s training for an ultramarathon or walking the dog around the block.”

    More about this expert

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