Pain in and around the shoulder can be relentless and severely disrupt your daily life. There are many reasons for shoulder pain and, although most of the times it is not caused by serious conditions, effective professional treatment and rehabilitation is important for good recovery.
Along with back and neck pain, shoulder problems are very common and can have a number of causes including long hours at a desk, sleeping awkwardly, sports and intense workouts, repetitive strenuous activities, or just plain old wear and tear. These conditions can have a considerable impact on our daily living by impairing sleep, computer or laptop use or common day-to-day tasks and chores.
The good news is that with a carefully planned treatment and rehabilitation program, most cases of shoulder pain can be managed in a matter of weeks. Each of our Osteopaths has the experience and knowledge to provide you with specific treatment, exercise advice and pain relief.
The shoulder is the most mobile joint in our body. For this reason, it also is the most unstable and may suffer large amounts of strain if not properly warmed-up or accustomed to a particular activity. Some of the most common conditions include subacromial impingement syndrome, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff tears, biceps tendinosis and bursitis.
Also, it is not uncommon for shoulder pain to be coming from a neck problem, often when pain is felt around the shoulder blade and on the outer arm. Occasionally shoulder pain may be reflective of a more general condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, but this tends to be rare and your osteopath will spot the tell-tale signs during the consultation, referring you for further tests if necessary.
Osteopathy is a highly successful method of treating pain and functional impairment. After taking a thorough case history and examining your body, your osteopath will create a diagnosis and treatment plan. Osteopaths combine message therapy, joint manipulation, mobilisations and stretching of your muscles to relieve you from your aches, spasms and feelings of stiffness. Your osteopath will also provide you with specific exercises and give you advice for the best posture to adopt at home, in the office or at night during sleep.
• Frozen shoulders (adhesive capsulitis) are not actually that common and are often over-diagnosed. Most shoulder pain is due to overuse of the muscles.
• Shoulders are very powerful structures but due to their increased flexibility (compared to the hip) the muscles need to be firm and flexible.
• Rotator cuff tears (the muscles that surround the shoulder joint) are very common and often found in people with no pain at all.
• Trapped nerves in the neck can cause shoulder pain and these take longer to heal, but will get better everntually.
• Repetitive strain injury is a muscular condition mainly due to overuse. There is little to no inflammation in RSI.
An in-depth exploration of your problem, how it came about, and how it is affecting your life.
A thorough examination to find out what's wrong and what we can do about it.
An expert, hands-on treatment to get your body working again, tailored to your sensitivities.
Top tips to maximise your body's own healing capacity in the shortest time possible.
In order to re-establish appropriate movement and coordination between your joint your osteopath will also treat other areas of your body such as your shoulders, mid back, ribs and more. (...)
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