Topic Overview

Bursitis or a
tendon injury (tendinopathy) in the shoulder can cause
pain on the outside or front of the upper arm. Common symptoms include pain,
pinching, and stiffness when you raise your arm. These symptoms are often
brought on by doing repeated overhead movements. Pain from bursitis or a tendon
injury can keep you from moving your shoulder and, over time, can lead to stiffness
and a decreased
range of motion.

To prevent and ease shoulder pain:

  • During work, play, or daily activities, avoid prolonged or repeated overhead reaching,
    but continue to use your shoulder.
  • During specific sports

    • Use proper throwing
    • Use a different swim stroke, such as the breaststroke
      or sidestroke instead of the crawl or butterfly, or alternate between
    • Avoid sports that require overhead use of the arms (such
      as racquet sports and volleyball) if you have shoulder pain.


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP – Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney, MD – Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Kenneth J. Koval, MD – Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma

Current as ofMarch 21, 2017