Shoulder Pain is common and can be caused by a number of conditions. These conditions include:
Rotator cuff problems – pain in the shoulder or upper arm, particularly when lifting the arm, lying on it or moving the arm at or above 90 degrees. It is often the result of repetitive overuse of the arm and shoulder during a sport or, work or DIY activity or even minor trauma.
Acromioclavicular joint pain – painful joint on the tip of the shoulder where the collarbone and shoulder blade join
Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis – is the painful and gradual stiffening of the tissue that surrounds your shoulder joint, causing the shoulder to become so stiff and painful that you can not use your arm in everyday activities.
Referred shoulder pain – pain is experienced in an area away from the actual injury or problem e.g. pain in shoulder which is usually referred from the neck or upper back
Osteoarthritis – progressive wearing away of the cartilage of the joint leading to the two bones of the joint rubbing together causing pain. Patients who have had previous trauma or shoulder surgery are more likely to develop osteoarthritis in later life. Symptoms include swelling, stiffness, aching and sharp, stabbing pains.
Shoulder instability – dislocation or excessive movement of the shoulder joint.
How osteopathy can help shoulder pain.
At Chapel Place Osteopaths we understand that some shoulder problems are complex and can take a long time to resolve. We will work with you to understand the cause of your shoulder problem and create a strategy to alleviate it.
Depending on your age, fitness and the diagnosis we use a variety of massage, rhythmical articulation and stretching techniques to improve the movement in your shoulder and reduce tension in tight muscles.
Your treatment will be specific to you as an individual. Often we work to loosen joints in the neck, upper and mid back and shoulder blades and possibly the low back and hips if we feel they are related to your shoulder pain.
We offer specific strengthening or loosening exercises, advice on posture and may help you change aspects of your lifestyle to allow you to actively resolve your shoulder pain and prevent it re-occurring.
If required we may refer you to your GP for X-rays, scans and tests or orthopaedic treatment.