Pain around the shoulder is a common problem especially after the age of 40. Males and females both are affected. Diabetics are more commonly affected with this than the general population. Inflammation of tendons around the shoulder is the commonest out of all. The painful site may be at the front or at the side. Range of shoulder movement in a certain direction may be restricted or you may find it difficult to raise the arm above a certain limit. in some the pain eases off after the arm passes a certain point.
In certain individuals, shoulder movements in many directions get restricted when the joint capsule get thick and non-stretchable (frozen shoulder).
Milder forms of the condition can be treated with medication, analgesic gels and physiotherapy. Some will benefit from cortisone injections and physiotherapy. More severe ones with long standing restricted movements will benefit from manipulation of the joint under a general anaesthetic to regain range of movement followed by aggressive physiotherapy to achieve a reasonable range of movement. Arthroscopic (key hole surgery) care for the joint will be needed in cases when these measures fail.