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
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
dizziness when standing up
hydrogenated fat consumption
history of stress fractures
loss of height
cysts in breasts
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:
|Poor Musculoskeletal Health
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Do you feel tightness across the shoulders?
→ 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: