Shoulder Stiffness

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Tomohiro Hamahata

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD (Orthopedic surgery)

Dr. Hamahata graduated from the Jikei University of Medical Science. After working at Asanokawa General Hospital and Kosei Chuo Hospital, he joined the Department of Orthopedics at Asakusa Hospital in April 2021, specializing in general orthopedics and joint replacement surgery.

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Content updated on Jan 4, 2023

About the symptom

Pain in the mouth can occur from biting your tongue, lip, or cheek, races or other orthodontic equipment causing  irritation or using a firm-bristled toothbrush or brushing your teeth too hard.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Altered mental status (delirium)

  • Fainting with loss of consciousness

  • Impossible to walk normally

  • Visual field defect

  • Muscle weakness in the limbs

  • Neck pain / stiffness

  • Difficulty breathing / breathlessness

  • Abnormal sensation (tingling, prickling)

  • Numbness / sensory disorder

  • Back pain

  • Photophobia

  • Disorder of consciousness

  • Slurred speech

Possible causes

  • Tension headache

    A type of headache with band-like, pressing sensation at the forehead and sides. The causes include physical stress e.g. long periods of desk work and driving, or mental stress.

  • Severe myopia

    Also known as short sightedness. Myopia is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors - these include long periods of "near work" and greater time spent indoors.

  • Acute tonsillitis / pharyngitis

    Infection of the tonsils and pharynx (back of the mouth), either by viruses or bacteria.

  • Menopausal syndrome
  • Premature ovarian failure
  • Ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL)

  • Eye strain

Related serious diseases

  • Cerebral infarction

    Cerebral infarction is the term given to damage to brain tissue as a result of stroke. Cerebral infarction occurs due to reduced blood supply and oxygen delivery to the brain. This results in the death of brain cells and brain damage. It is usually caused by a blood clot or fatty/ cholesterol plaques blocking a blood vessel to the brain, but can also happen if a blood vessel ruptures and bleeds into the brain.

  • Meningitis
  • Rotator cuff tear

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have stiff shoulders?

  • Is the affected area red?

  • Is the affected area swollen?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you feel fatigued?

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References

  • Itoi E, Arce G, Bain GI, Diercks RL, Guttmann D, Imhoff AB, Mazzocca AD, Sugaya H, Yoo YS. Shoulder Stiffness: Current Concepts and Concerns. Arthroscopy. 2016 Jul;32(7):1402-14. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2016.03.024. Epub 2016 May 12. PMID: 27180923.

    https://www.arthroscopyjournal.org/article/S0749-8063(16)00265-6/fulltext

Reviewed By:

Tomohiro Hamahata

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD (Orthopedic surgery)

Dr. Hamahata graduated from the Jikei University of Medical Science. After working at Asanokawa General Hospital and Kosei Chuo Hospital, he joined the Department of Orthopedics at Asakusa Hospital in April 2021, specializing in general orthopedics and joint replacement surgery.

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