Why do I have shoulder pain?

A man doing an inspection to his patient's back, patient seated facing back

Shoulder pain can be caused by a variety of factors you may not realise:

  • Poor posture
  • Previous injury
  • Repetitive movements at work or sports
  • Reduced strength, stability or flexibility in one or both shoulders

Common injuries that cause shoulder pain:

  • Cervical spine dysfunction: shoulders can often feel sore due to pain referring from the neck.
  • Subacromial Impingement Syndrome: Inflamed or irritated tendons causing pain as they pass through the subacromial space. 
  • Acromioclavicular joint sprain: The injury typically takes place in the form of traumatic joint inflammation, forcing the tendon apart by some type of blunt force.
  • Tendinopathy: Pain and weakness felt when moving the shoulder caused by overuse of the rotator cuff or biceps tendons.
  • Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder): formation of excessive scar tissue or adhesions around the shoulder joint leading to pain, stiffness and dysfunction.
  • Glenoid labral tear: An injury to the tissue rim surrounding the shoulder joint, often causing instability throughout the area.

How may osteopathy assist?

We will take an entire case history and assessment for your injury. This will include an examination of the shoulder itself as well as the surrounding structures such as your neck, back, elbow, and wrist to determine the cause of your pain.

Treatment may include:

  • Teaching you about your posture and shoulder mechanics that may be leading to the injury
  • Identifying incorrect form in any sporting or daily activity, and teaching you to adjust if necessary
  • Manual therapy including movements and massage to the painful area
  • Providing strength and mobility exercises for at-home rehabilitation
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