Shoulder pain can be caused by a variety of factors, ranging from injury – for example, rotator cuff tears – or overuse to medical conditions in the shoulder or rotator cuff tendons – for example, frozen shoulder. Poor posture, muscle imbalances, and joint instability can all lead to severe pain.
In addition, some medical conditions such as arthritis or bursitis can cause pain in your shoulder. In most cases, rehabilitation is extremely effective at giving you fast and significant pain relief, while also reducing the risk of future shoulder injury.
However, if you do nothing, there is a 40% risk of pain 1 year later*, up to 87% risk of re-injury**, and up to 66% risk of pain for life***. (*Scandinavian J. of Rheumatology. 2004 Mar 1;33(2):73-81., **J. American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 2012; 20 (8): 518 DOI:, ***Pribicevic M. InPain in Perspective 2012.)