Diseases & Conditions

Diseases and conditions of the shoulder

Information is crucial to getting better. At Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center, we stay up to date on the latest in orthopedic diseases and conditions of the shoulder. Below you’ll find some of that information.

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 — that provide cushioning near the joints. Bursitis most commonly occurs in the shoulder, as well as the 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 bones of the shoulder compress the bursa and tendons. 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. In a separated shoulder, the ligaments that keep the collarbone and shoulder blade together are injured

Shoulder arthritis

Shoulder arthritis occurs when the shoulder joint is inflamed – causing pain and stiffness.


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

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