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. As a result, shoulder injuries can be more difficult to treat.
Your osteopath will work with you to determine the cause of your pain and decide on an appropriate course of treatment or referral.
Common Shoulder injuries include:
- rotator cuff tears
- 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
- referred pain
Symptoms of shoulder pain may include:
- 'catching' sensation when raising the arm or reaching
- sharp pain when moving your arm
- weakness in your arm or grip
- throbbing and aching in shoulder whilst sleeping
- pain radiating down the arm
- 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.