What is the difference between acute and chronic shoulder pain?
The shoulder is a complex joint that allows for a wide range of motion. However, this flexibility also makes it susceptible to injuries and conditions that can cause pain. Shoulder pain can be classified as either acute or chronic, depending on its duration and underlying causes. Understanding the difference between acute and chronic shoulder pain is crucial for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Acute Shoulder Pain
Acute shoulder pain refers to sudden or recent pain that typically lasts for a short period of time. It is often caused by trauma, such as a fall, sports injury, or accident. Acute shoulder pain can also be a result of overuse or repetitive activities. Common causes of acute shoulder pain include:
- Rotator cuff tear: A tear in the tendons that connect the muscles of the rotator cuff to the bone.
- Dislocation: When the upper arm bone (humerus) is forced out of the shoulder socket.
- Fracture: A break in one of the bones of the shoulder joint.
- Sprain or strain: Overstretching or tearing of ligaments or muscles in the shoulder.
- Bursitis: Inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs (bursae) that cushion the shoulder joint.
Symptoms of acute shoulder pain may include sudden onset of pain, swelling, bruising, limited range of motion, and difficulty performing daily activities. Treatment for acute shoulder pain usually involves rest, ice therapy, pain medications, and physical therapy. In some cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to repair severe injuries.
Chronic Shoulder Pain
Chronic shoulder pain refers to long-lasting or recurring pain that persists for more than three months. It is often the result of an underlying condition or ongoing problem. Chronic shoulder pain can be caused by:
- Osteoarthritis: Degeneration of the cartilage in the shoulder joint, leading to pain and stiffness.
- Tendonitis: Inflammation of the tendons in the shoulder, usually caused by repetitive movements or overuse.
- Frozen shoulder: A condition characterized by stiffness and limited range of motion in the shoulder joint.
- Shoulder impingement syndrome: When the tendons of the rotator cuff become compressed or pinched.
- Rotator cuff tendinopathy: A chronic degenerative condition of the rotator cuff tendons.
Symptoms of chronic shoulder pain may include persistent or intermittent pain, stiffness, weakness, and difficulty performing certain movements. Treatment for chronic shoulder pain often involves a combination of physical therapy, pain management techniques, anti-inflammatory medications, and in some cases, surgery.
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