A pain scale is a way for people to measure their pain so that health
professionals can help plan how best to control it. Most pain scales use
numbers from 0 to 10: 0 means no pain and 10 means the worst pain the person
has known or felt. Use the list below to find the number that best describes
0 = No pain
1 to 5 = Mild
6 to 7 = Moderate pain
8 to 9 = Severe
10 = Worst pain possible
Shoulder pain with movement or tenderness to the touch may occur when
too much stress is placed on a joint or other tissue, often by overdoing an
activity or through repetition of an activity. You may not recall having a
specific injury, especially if symptoms began gradually or during everyday
activities. Pain or tenderness often goes away when you try home treatment and
take a break from the activity that caused the pain.
Why is back pain or a knee injury annoying to one person and sheer agony to another? Turns out, an individual's tolerance to pain is as unique as the person, and is shaped by some surprising biological factors, as well as some psychological factors that we can actually try to control.
The most common causes of shoulder pain or tenderness include:
Inflammation of the sac of fluid that cushions and lubricates the
joint area between one bone and another bone, a tendon, or the skin (bursitis).
Inflammation of the tough,
ropelike fibers that connect muscles to bones (tendinitis).
Bicipital tendinitis is an inflammation of one of the
tendons that attach the muscle (biceps) on the front of the upper arm bone
(humerus) to the shoulder joint. The inflammation usually occurs along the
groove (bicipital groove) where the tendon passes over the humerus to attach
just above the shoulder joint.
frozen shoulder, a condition that limits shoulder
movement that may follow an injury.
Overhead arm movements, which may cause tendons to rub or scrape
against a part of the shoulder blade called the acromion. This rubbing or
scraping may lead to abrasion or inflammation of the
rotator cuff tendons (also called