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Shoulder pain can have many underlying causes - each one requiring different approaches to treatment and relief. Here we will look through the many different cases of shoulder pain that I see in my physiotherapy clinic.

We will look at chronic shoulder pain relief, the general causes of pain in the shoulder as well as specific cases such as "frozen" shoulder pain.

Once a correct diagnosis is made, it is important to follow a course of treatment appropriate for the type of shoulder joint or muscle pain. Before we look in more detail at shoulder pain relief and treatments - let's first have a look at the primary causes of your shoulder pain:





Causes of shoulder pain.
There can be many causes of shoulder pain - each one often requires a different approach to treatment and relief. However, I think it's worthwile going through the main ones simply because identifying the cause of your pain is essential to long-term resolution of all shoulder problems and injuries.

The main shoulder pain causes that I see on a daily basis in my physiotherapy clinic are: Related to your neck; Related to your posture; resulting from shoulder dislocation; related to degeneration of the shoulder joint over time.



Now, let's look at each of these in turn:

  1. shoulder pain reliefNeck-related shoulder pain: This is where impinged nerves in your neck refer pain into your shoulder area. The neck is closely connected to your shoulder both anatomically and by nerve referral.

    If the muscles or nerves of your neck are tight or impinged they may cause pain in your shoulder. This is due to the fact that they pass over your neck and shoulder, and are often involved in both shoulder and neck movements. Treatment of this type of shoulder pain requires attention to both the neck and shoulder areas.


  2. Posture-related shoulder pain: This is where poor postural habits (lack of good posture!) in your neck, upper back and shoulder can result in strain being placed on the shoulder joint, ligaments, tendons and muscles causing shoulder pain.

    Treatment of this type of shoulder pain requires posture correction as well as treating the painful tissue. Postural correction aims to eliminate the cause which is the most important aspect of any treatment.


  3. Dislocations of the shoulder joint: Is where you traumatically dislocate your shoulder joint. This is very painful and treatment needs to be directed towards manipulating the joint back into place, followed by treating the torn ligaments and muscles.

    Following this, a strengthening of your whole shoulder complex is required to reduce the risk of dislocating your shoulder again.


  4. shoulder pain reliefDegeneration of the shoulder joint: Is where wear and tear over time causes arthritis in your shoulder joint, and degeneration of the tendons of your rotator cuff - both of which can cause pain in your shoulder.

    Treatment of this condition requires mobilisation, postural strengthening and shoulder pain exercise to maintain the movement of the joint. Although your degenerated tissue damage cannot be reversed, it can be managed very well from a pain management perspective.

In summary, identifying the cause of your shoulder pain is the key to long-term resolution of shoulder injuries and problems.




Please see the following for overviews and treatment approaches to many different types of Shoulder Pain:





Shoulder Anatomy.
The shoulder is known as the "floppy" joint of the body! It is a ball and socket joint. However, it is a loose packed ball and socket joint which means it is relying on its ligaments and muscles to hold it in place.

Read more about Shoulder Anatomy.



Chronic shoulder pain.
Chronic shoulder pain refers to a pain or movement problem that has been present for more than six weeks. There are various degrees of "chronic" associated with shoulder pain.

Read more about Chronic Shoulder Pain.



Shoulder Joint Pain.
In my experience, shoulder joint pain is presented by one of four reasons: Frozen Shoulder, Osteoarthritis, Tendonitis or a Pinched nerve in your neck.

Read more about Shoulder Joint Pain.



Shoulder Arthritis.
Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can affect the shoulder. In both types of arthritis the health of the bones and soft tissues of your shoulder joint are affected. The degree and extent of damage will depend on the severity of your arthritis as well as the way that you manage it!

Read more about Shoulder Arthritis.



Neck shoulder arm pain.
This is due to the nerves in your neck being damaged or trapped, resulting in a referral of pain into your arm. Remember that your body rarely presents with pain at the site of the injury ..... and this fact underlines the importance of a correct diagnosis.

Read more about Neck, Shoulder and Arm Pain.







Shoulder Dislocation.
The frequent mistake people make is not having a dislocated shoulder assessed and rehabilitated by a physiotherapist after the first dislocation - which can lead to more complications! Let me explain.

Read more about Shoulder Dislocation.



Left vs. Right Shoulder pain.
Shoulder pain presented on either the left or right side ONLY - is a common complaint in my physiotherapy practice. The most common type of person to present to me with right-sided shoulder pain is a right-handed, full-time office worker!

Believe it or not, approximately 70% of my right shoulder pain clients are right-handed office workers!

And the same holds true for my left shoulder pain clients.

Read more about Left vs. Right Shoulder Pain.



Frozen Shoulder Treatment.
A frozen shoulder is an inflammatory condition which arises in the shoulder joint. It affects the soft tissues of the shoulder, primarily affecting the capsule of the gleno-humeral joint.

Read more about Frozen Shoulder Treatment.



Shoulder Rehab Exercises.
Shoulder Rehab Exercises are very important in the overall management of shoulder pain. I see as many shoulder problems which have worsened from lack of movement as I do from injury to the shoulder alone.

Read more about Shoulder Rehab Exercises.



Shoulder Bursitis.
Shoulder bursitis is where there is inflammation of a bursa around the shoulder. However, it can often be confused with an inflammation of the rotor cuff, which is a tendon structure around the shoulder joint.

Read more about Shoulder Bursitis.



Shoulder Surgery Recovery.
The aim of rehabilitation is to recover as much of the position, movement, strength, and ultimate function of your shoulder joint and girdle as can be achieved. Here we will have a look at the different aspects you need to take into consideration for the best Shoulder Surgery Recovery:

Read more about Shoulder Surgery Recovery.



Shoulder Tendonitis.
Shoulder tendonitis is an inflammation of a tendon attaching to your shoulder. Although there are many tendons involved in your shoulder the most common tendonitis's that I see in my physiotherapy practice relate to the rotator cuff complex.

Read more about Shoulder Tendonitis.


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