When the check engine light in your car turns on, you just ignore it. You continue to drive for months as if the light's not even there. One day, the car engine suddenly dies while you're cruising along the highway doing 55 in the fast lane.

A similar experience happens to people suffering from shoulder joint pain. When the pain starts growing, you just ignore it. You hope it will go away, or you find ways to compensate for the pain instead of seeking treatment. Before you know it, you literally can't move your shoulder.

Here are 6 reasons why shoulder joint pain is like car trouble and why ignoring it will cost you later on down the road.

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Michael Daines, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship-trained shoulder specialist practicing at West Valley Medical Center. Use our Find a Doctor tool to learn more about Dr. Daines or any West Valley provider.