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When your shoulders ache, it’s hard to shrug it off. But it can be your rotator cuff, your neck, your upper back, or your collarbone, making it tricky to find the source of the pain.

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Poor posture, overuse, and injury can cause pain in both shoulders. You may notice it in your neck, too. Shoulder joints are very versatile, flexible, and mobile. This makes it easy for them to get strained. Pain can even be from another part of your body.
A shoulder nerve injury is when damage occurs to a network of nerves in the front of the shoulder known as the brachial plexus. Called brachial plexopathy, it is usually caused by trauma from an accident or sports injury.
Wear-and-tear from repeated motion can do a number on your shoulder joint. Weight-lifting, sports like tennis, even aging can make the joint feel like it’s locking or popping after a lot of activity. Treatment is based on which of the shoulder's three bones is causing the pain.
Frozen shoulder is when tissue inside your shoulder socket stiffens, leading to severe pain and stiffness. It feels almost impossible to move your arm. There are three stages a frozen shoulder goes through before you get relief.
A dislocated shoulder is an injury in which the upper arm bone comes out of the shoulder blade socket. Symptoms include swelling, pain, and inability to move.
Understand your shoulder pain symptoms, including 10 causes & common questions.

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