Shoulder pain has become extremely common over recent years as a result of frequent computer and smartphone usage and increased sedentary lifestyle.

Shoulder pain is often very complex. Did you know there are seventeen muscles that all attach to the shoulder blade? All of these need to work the right way, at the right time to stop you shoulder from hurting. There are also three real joints, the genohumeral, acromioclavicular (AC) and sternoclavicular (SC), and one pseudo joint, the scapulothoriacic, involved in moving your shoulder well. It's a lot to try to balance all at once. As a result, shoulder injuries can be more difficult to treat.

Your osteopath at Enhance Osteopathy will work with you to determine the cause of your pain and decide on a course of treatment and you can book online here.

Shoulder pain

Common Shoulder injuries include

  • rotator cuff tears - when one of the four rotator cuff muscles tear. A supraspinatus muscle tear is the most common tendonitis - inflammation in one of the muscle tendons
  • tendonitis - inflammation in one of the muscle tendons
  • shoulder impingement (Subacromial bursitis) – when shoulder tendons are trapped and compressed during shoulder movements
  • frozen shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis) – when the shoulder capsule swells and stiffens, restricting mobility
  • postural tension - poor posture causes rounded shoulders and puts stress on the joints
  • referred pain - pain from many areas, e.g. the gallbladder, can also refer to the shoulder area

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Symptoms of shoulder pain may include:

  • 'catching' sensation when raising the arm or reaching, e.g. putting washing on the line, getting dressed
  • sharp pain when moving your arm, often when reaching behind you
  • weakness in your arm or grip, e.g. weakness with picking up coffee cup
  • throbbing and aching in shoulder whilst sleeping which may wake you at night, especially if you lay on your side
  • pain radiating down the arm, usually pins and needles or sharp shooting pain
  • neck and shoulder stiffness

Osteopaths may help your shoulder pain by:

  • improving muscular flexibility in the shoulder area
  • improving range of joint motion in the mid back, neck, shoulder blade and shoulder
  • addressing postural strains and bad habits
  • providing advice on maintaining flexibility and strength around the shoulder region
  • providing exercises for stretching and rehabilitation

Your osteopath may also refer you to a GP for any additional medications or treatment.

If you want to discuss osteopathy for shoulder pain please call us on 03 9499 9456 or book online.