Diseases & Conditions

Recovering from a shoulder injury begins with knowing more about your condition. At Desert Regional Medical Center, we stay up-to-date on the latest orthopedic diseases and conditions, including shoulder pain, and share that information with you.

Have additional questions about your shoulder condition? Call (760) 416-4511 to connect with one of our orthopedics specialists.

Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)

Adhesive capsulitis develops gradually over time and causes pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. It usually resolves within one to three years.


Bursitis is inflammation of the bursae, or small, fluid-filled sacs, which provide cushioning near joints. Bursitis most commonly occurs in the shoulder, elbow and hip.


A dislocation is a joint injury in which the ends of bones are moved from their usual positions. This injury causes joint deformity and immobility.


Fractures are broken bones. They are usually caused by accidents, osteoporosis or overuse.

Impingement syndrome

Impingement syndrome occurs when the tendons and bursa of the shoulder are compressed by the bones of the shoulder.  This condition makes shoulder movement difficult and painful.

Rotator cuff tear

A rotator cuff tear occurs when at least one of the tendons that attach the shoulder to the upper arm bone is torn. This injury is a common cause of pain and disability.


A separation is an injury to the ligaments that hold bones together at the joint. The most common separation is a separated shoulder in which the ligaments that keep the collarbone and shoulder blade together are injured.

Shoulder arthritis

Shoulder arthritis occurs when the shoulder joint is inflamed. It causes shoulder pain and stiffness.


Tendinosis occurs when the tendon's collagen becomes worn due to chronic overuse.