My shoulder hurts...is it osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a very common problem. Most people know someone who is dealing with arthritis of at least one joint. Spine, hips, knees, and hands are the most common places for osteoarthritis to cause symptoms. However, any joint can be affected and a common question I hear when a patient presents with shoulder pain is: Do I have arthritis?
First, a bit of anatomy -- the shoulder is composed of two separate joints:
(1) the acromioclavicular joint where the collarbone meets the shoulder bone (2) the glenohumeral joint where the ball of the humerus articulates with the shoulder blade (scapula). Both joints can be affected by osteoarthritis. It is relatively uncommon for osteoarthritis to develop in the glenohumeral joint without a history of trauma or previous injury. We'll discuss that in a minute. First, let's review the acromioclavicular joint.
Causes of Shoulder Pain Besides Arthritis The glenohumeral joint is the most mobile j...
Try washing your hair, brushing your teeth or getting dressed without the use of one shoulder, it's darn near impossible to do anything without your shoulders. We use our shoulders all day long, 365 days per year. And over the years, the shoulders may not be feeling as comfortable or limber as they once did back in your younger days. Or maybe you are in your younger years but have been hard on your shoulders. Whether you are young or old, stiff painful shoulders make life's daily activities much more difficult to get done.
The most common reason to have a painful shoulder is tendonitis. The shoulder is a complex joint with a network of tendons called the rotator cuff . As all of the muscles in the shoulder work to pull, push, lift and reach, the tendons - which attach the shoulder muscles to the bones - can get very inflamed and painful. Sometimes the rotator cuff actually gets pinched between two bones, the acromion and the humerus. This condition is called shoulder impin...
Full Question: My mother in law, 87 years old, never had migraines has developed a symptom that makes me wonder. She says she has an extremely tender spot at the back of her head that burns and is very painful. She has been concerned and hurt enough to get a MRI and CT scan done, which isn't like her at all. I'm wondering if it could be a symptom of a migraine without the headache.
Teri told me there could be symptoms like that without the headache and that popped in my mind as soon as my MIL told me she was suffering terrible with this. I asked her if it felt like someone had pulled her hair really hard for a long time and she said yes. The MRI and CT scan showed absolutely nothing. Sounds like a nerve problem to me but remembering what Teri had said I wanted to ask the Clinician if it could be this. Thank you, Cynthia.
The question is an interesting one as elders sometimes will have head pain without headaches per se. Certainl...
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