Your shoulder joint, which supports more movement than any other joint in your body, is stabilized by a group of muscles and tendons called the rotator cuff.

Shoulder pain commonly occurs when the rotator cuff sustains damage through repetitive movement or traumatic injuries. Wear-and-tear on the labrum, the cartilage that lines and reinforces the joint, is another top cause of shoulder pain.

The conditions that often result in shoulder pain include:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Biceps tendonitis
  • Impingement
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Labral tear
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Dislocation
  • Fractures
  • Bone spurs

Your risk of developing a rotator cuff injury increases if you engage in sports or occupations that require overhead activity, such as pitching or painting.