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Shoulder Pain

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 a course of treatment.

Common Shoulder injuries include:

  • rotator cuff tears
  • tendonitis
  • 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.

 

*Research and Evidence

Gert JD Bergman, Jan C Winter, Maurits W van Tulder, Betty Meyboom-de Jong, Klaas Postema and Geert JMG van der Heijden

Published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010

Manipulative therapy in addition to usual medical care accelerates recovery and is more effective than usual medical care alone on the long term, but is associated with higher costs.

Brantingham JW, Cassa TK, Bonnefin D, Jensen M, Globe G, Hicks M, Korporaal C.

Published in J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2011 Jun;34(5):314-46. doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2011.04.002.

This study found fair evidence for manual and manipulative therapy (MMT) of the shoulder, shoulder girdle, and/or the the full kinetic chain (FKC) combined with multimodal or exercise therapy for rotator cuff injuries/disorders, disease, or dysfunction. There is also fair evidence for MMT of the shoulder/shoulder girdle and the FKC combined with a multimodal treatment approach for shoulder complaints, dysfunction, disorders, and/or pain.

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