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How does shoulder pain occur?

Shoulder pain can occur due to a number of reasons, such as strain, tendinitis, muscle tears, shoulder joint instability, fractures or pinched nerves.

For some, the pain can only be felt when they move their shoulder. For others, all the time. Depending on the severity, the pain may be temporary or long-term, and may require medical diagnosis and treatment.

Seek Prompt Treatment For Shoulder Pain

Left untreated, shoulder muscle pain and inflammation can lead to chronic injury, significantly affecting your quality of life and making it difficult to complete daily tasks.

Do seek prompt treatment if experiencing any of these symptoms:

Pain In Front And Side Of Shoulder

Sharp Pain During Movement

Night Pain When Sleeping And Turning

Restricted Shoulder Movement

Weakness In Lifting Arm

Dr Poh can help you to overcome shoulder pain with proper care and minimally invasive treatment.

Common Shoulder Pain Conditions

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that affects the shoulder joint. It occurs when the connective tissue enclosing the joint becomes thickened and tight. Bands of scar tissue may also form, to the extent that it restricts motion. 

The pain and stiffness that come with it usually develop gradually and worsen over time, and you may find it very difficult to move your shoulder. However, after a period of worsening symptoms, the frozen shoulder tends to get better, although full recovery may take up to three years.

Rotator Cuff Tears

A common cause of pain in adults, rotator cuff tears are often caused by progressive wear and tear of the tendon tissue over time. When one or more of the rotator cuff tendons is/are torn, the tendon no longer attaches itself to the humerus (upper arm bone). These tendons start to fray and may completely tear as the damage progresses. This condition can thus result in a weakened shoulder, making it difficult to raise and move your arm.

Here are the different types of tears:

  • Partial tear: An incomplete tear where the damaged tendons are not completely severed
  • Full-thickness tear: Also known as a complete tear, which separates all the tendons from the bone, resulting in a hole in the tendon

Common Misconceptions Of Rotator Cuff Injury

Commonly misdiagnosed as frozen shoulder

Can co-exist with degenerative biceps tears

Wrongly diagnosed as neck (cervical spine) degeneration

Difference Between Rotator Cuff Injury And Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder

Thickening of soft tissues around the

Characterized by pain and stiffness and limited motion in all directions

Can be linked to medical conditions e.g, diabetes, and immobility

Rotator Cuff Injury

Tears in muscles and tendons around
Characterized by pain and weakness in lifting arm
Can be degenerative or related to injury

Treatments Available


The most common type of shoulder surgery is arthroscopy, a minimally invasive procedure used to treat different types of shoulder problems.

Non-surgical procedures

Your orthopaedic doctor may prescribe medications to help relieve pain or treat the root cause. You may also undergo physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around your shoulder so that it becomes more stable. Sometimes, steroid injections may be required to provide pain relief and improve mobility that can last for months.

Stretching exercises

Minor knee pain may sometimes be improved with simple stretching exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home. Your orthopaedic doctor may suggest some exercises and advise you on how to complete them.

Simple Rotator Cuff Relief Exercise

The shoulder pain and stiffness arising from rotator cuff injuries may be relieved by simple stretching exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home. These exercises help you to regain some motion and flexibility in your shoulder, allowing you to get back to doing what you love.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frozen shoulder is the thickening and tightening of the tissue surrounding your shoulder joint, which results in pain, stiffness, and a limited range of motion. It is recommended to visit an orthopedic doctor early for the appropriate treatment to achieve relief for shoulder pain
You can engage in various shoulder stretching exercises to help unfreeze your shoulder and improve your range of motion. Do visit our clinic for effective and long-lasting treatment.
Our treatments for frozen shoulders include physical therapy and injections. For persistent frozen shoulders that do not improve with conservative treatment, keyhole (arthroscopy) procedures to release the scar tissue can be considered. It is advisable to visit an orthopedic doctor as soon as possible for an accurate shoulder pain diagnosis so that the appropriate treatment can be administered.
A rotator cuff tear is a rip in any of the group of four muscles and tendons that stabilise your shoulder joint and allow you to lift and rotate your arms. This condition usually occurs as a result of injury like a dislocated shoulder and degeneration from repetitive stress. Seek treatment early to prevent your condition from worsening.
Symptoms of rotator cuff tear include shoulder pain, pain when moving or placing pressure on your shoulder, shoulder weakness, difficulty raising your arm or carrying weights, and a clicking or popping sound when moving your arm.
Our treatments for rotator cuff injuries include injections, physical therapy, and keyhole surgery such as arthroscopic tendon repair.
It depends on the nature and severity of your injury. Mild injuries usually heal within 6-12 weeks, while the average recovery time for larger tears can take from 4 to 6 months following surgery
Generrally, rehabilitation exercises begin immediately following surgery. The initial focus is to regain mobility of the shoulder, following which, strengthening exercises are taught, allowing you to safely return to activity and exercise. The whole rehabilitation process can take from 4-6 months following surgery.

About Us

At Advanced Orthopaedic and Sports Centre, we see a wide range of disorders affecting joint mobility and strive to provide a comprehensive approach to the evaluation and management of these conditions. Besides specialising in effective joint arthroscopy, reconstruction, and replacement surgery, we also recognise the importance of pain management and rehabilitation to relieve your symptoms and allow you to get back to living your life to the fullest.  It is our promise to help you achieve that and beyond by coming up with an accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment. Let us provide you with the best in orthopaedic care for your sports injury or joint problems.

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