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You won't always experience shoulder pain in both shoulders at the same time. Some people suffer with left shoulder pain, while others suffer with right shoulder pain. We cover everything you need to know about right shoulder pain, including causes, diagnosis and effective treatment options.
There may be slight variations between the two, but the basic genetic makeup and function of your right shoulder and left shoulder is equal.
However, some people will develop right shoulder pain, and others will develop left shoulder pain. Why is this?
This means that around nine out of 10 people will use their right hand for everyday actions such as throwing a ball, writing and brushing their teeth. Over time, using your right hand more often than your left hand might cause right shoulder pain. This could be due to increased wear and tear in your joint, or overuse of your muscles or tendons.
Similarly, if you’re left-handed, you may develop left shoulder pain for similar reasons.
When you meet with your doctor, they’ll discuss your right shoulder pain, including:
Your doctor will perform a physical examination to diagnose right shoulder pain. This will help your doctor identify any specific weakness, instability or lack of mobility in your shoulder.
Many shoulder problems can be diagnosed by assessing your clinical history and through physical examination alone.
Non-surgical treatment is generally used first, unless surgery is urgently needed.
Depending on your diagnosis, non-surgical treatments for right shoulder pain may include:
Your doctor will be able to talk you through the details of any of these treatment options.