Tightness Across Shoulders

What Causes Shoulder Tightness?

Shoulder tightness can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'needs attention'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose shoulder tightness, we could:
  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "shoulder tightness" as a symptom.  Here are three possibilities:
  • EFA Need
  • Poor Musculoskeletal Health
  • Hypoglycemia

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
mild morning stiffness
type 2 diabetes NIDD
joint pain/swelling/stiffness
dizziness when standing up
hydrogenated fat consumption
history of stress fractures
sun-induced headaches
loss of height
cysts in breasts
brittle fingernails
history of broken bones
some ear wax build up
... and more than 30 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of shoulder tightness:
Cause Probability Status
Hypoglycemia 98% Confirm
Poor Musculoskeletal Health 19% Unlikely
EFA Need 5% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate having muscle problems / disease, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you feel tightness across the shoulders?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Yes, occasional minor tightness
→ Yes, often minor tightness / sometimes major
→ Yes, frequent major tightness
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either shoulder tightness or severe shoulder tightness, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as: