Shoulder Pain and its Causes

Shoulder pain can arise from a number of conditions:

  • Acromioclavicular joint pain – This is pain in the joint where the collarbone and shoulder blade join at the tip of your shoulder
  • Rotator cuff problems – This is injury or strain to the muscles of the shoulder girdle. Pain can be felt in the shoulder or the upper arm.
  • Frozen Shoulder or Adhesive Capsulitis – This is where the shoulder capsule becomes inflamed and gradually stiffens very painful. Range of movement becomes reduced which can limit daily activities.
  • Osteoarthritis – Gradual wear and tear of the cartilage and shoulder joint. You may feel swelling, stiffness and aching pain which can be sharp on movement.
  • Referred shoulder pain – Pain in the shoulder can be referred and coming from a problem in the neck or upper back.
  • Shoulder instability – Dislocation or excessive movement at the shoulder joint leading to pain.

Treatment of shoulder pain

As an osteopath, I am trained to try and help you understand what is causing your shoulder pain. Once you have been examined, I will determine whether osteopathic treatment could help you. X-rays, scan or other tests may be required to make a diagnosis and I may refer you to your GP for further treatment or investigation.

Treatment can vary to suit your individual case; you may receive massage, manipulation of the joint, neck and thoracic spine, medical acupuncture and rehabilitative exercises.

If you have any questions about your shoulder pain and want to ask any questions, feel free to get in touch.