Osteopathic Treatment For Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain is a very common problem and due to the complex nature of the shoulder joint your pain can be caused by a number of conditions including:

  • Rotator cuff – Rotator cuff muscles are key stabilisers of the shoulder and problems can cause pain in the shoulder or upper arm, particularly when lifting the arm or lying on it. These problems are often the result of repetitive overuse of the arm and shoulder during a sport or activity or the result of a shoulder injury.  Age can also play a part.
  • Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) – is the painful and gradual stiffening of the tissue that surrounds your shoulder joint i.e. shoulder capsule. This can result in the shoulder becoming so stiff and painful that it limits your ability to use your arm in everyday activities.
  • Referred shoulder pain – pain is experienced in an area away from the actual injury or problem e.g. pain in shoulder which is usually referred from the neck or upper back
  • Osteoarthritis – OA is due to ‘wear and tear’ of the shoulder joint cartilage and is most likely to happen to clients that have had a previous injury or shoulder surgery. The symptoms can include swelling, stiffness, aching and sharp, stabbing pains in or around the joints.

How we can help

  • Shoulder problems are often complex and can take a long time to resolve so we will work with you to understand the cause of your shoulder problem.
  • Depending on your age, fitness and the diagnosis we may use a variety of massage, rhythmical movements and stretching techniques to improve the movement in your shoulder and reduce tension in any tight muscles.
  • Treatment is different for every individual and may involve loosening the joints of the neck and upper and mid back and shoulder blade area and sometimes the low back and hips if we feel they are contributing to your shoulder pain.
  • We may give you specific shoulder strengthening exercises or stretches and offer postural advice as well as looking at how you use your shoulder to identify whether any lifestyle habits might be contributing to your shoulder problem.
  • X-rays, scans and other tests are sometimes required to make a diagnosis and your osteopath may refer to your GP or a specialist for any additional investigations or treatment.

For more advice on your shoulder pain, or to book an appointment please call us on (01604) 532853

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