Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain

The shoulder joint consists of several possible internal pain generators:

  • The ball and socket joint (glenohumeral joint) between the humerus (ball) and the glenoid of the scapula (socket).
  • The rotator cuff, a combination of four muscles that stabilize and give strength to the shoulder joint.  
  • The acromioclavicular joint, formed by the clavicle and the acromion (part of the scapula). This joint sits on above of the rotator cuff.
  • Tendons, for example the long head of the biceps.
  • Bursa, for example the subacromial subdeltoid bursa.

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If you are suffering from shoulder pain, you may be experiencing either injury, degeneration, inflammation, bursitis, tendonitis or arthritis of any of the above possible pain generators.


Persistent pain in the shoulder that may radiate to the elbow or into the neck are possible symptoms related to injuries within the shoulder. If your pain does not go away with rest, ice, anti-inflammatories, and physical therapy, make an appointment to see the Compass Pain and Spine specialists who can diagnose the source of your pain.

If you have shoulder pain, platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy may help. It uses parts of your own blood to help your body heal itself. PRP can help your shoulder feel better and work better.


The Compass Pain and Spine can diagnose the cause of your shoulder pain during a comprehensive history and physical examination. In addition, we may also request diagnostic tests such as an MRI, X-ray, or ultrasound.