Shoulder Stiffness

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Orthopedic surgery

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

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

  • Meningitis

    Meningitis is inflammation of the fluid and membrane (meninges) surrounding your brain and spinal cord due to bacterial or viral infection, brain injuries, cancer and certain drugs. It is a medical emergency and can result in life-threatening infection in the body (septicemia), and permanent brain and nerve damage.

  • 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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  • 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.

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