Top of shoulder pain

Pain on the top of the shoulder can be an injury to the trapezius or from the deltoid muscle. The Acromioclavicular (AC) is a frequent cause of shoulder pain at the top and can be inflamed or be from torn ligaments. Also the Clavicle can be a source of top shoulder pain and fractures can create swelling with pain in this area. .

This type of pain can also be associated with decreased movement in injuries to the joint itself such as dislocations or frozen shoulders. Injuries with this symptom are listed below:
  • AC Joint Separation

    AC Joint Separation

    An AC joint separation or AC joint sprain is an injury to the ligament that holds the acromioclavicular joint together at the top of the shoulder. It is usually caused by fall onto an outstretched arm.

  • Shoulder Pain

    Shoulder injuries can be either acute or chronic depending on when they are diagnosed and how long the pain / disability has been felt for. If you are not sure what your injury is why not check out our symptom checker! Or use the links below to view specific shoulder injuries. An acute shoulder injury occurs suddenly either through direct impact, over stretching a muscle, tendon or ligament, overusing a muscle or tendon or twisting of the shoulder joint. The top five most common categories of shoulder injury are listed below.