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Shoulder Pain

What causes shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain is a common problem with a number of different causes. It is often a symptom of another problem. There are a number of reasons why you might be experiencing shoulder pain, which include:

  • poor posture
  • frozen shoulder – a very painful condition that reduces normal movement in the joint and can sometimes prevent movement in the shoulder altogether
  • rotator cuff disorders – the rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint and help to keep it stable
  • shoulder instability – where the shoulder is unstable and has an unusually large range of movement (hypermobility). Hypermobile shoulders dislocate very easily.
  • acromioclavicular joint disorders – conditions that affect the acromioclavicular joint, which is the joint at the very tip of the shoulder
  • osteoarthritis in the shoulder joints
  • a broken bone, such as a fracture of the humerus (upper arm bone) or collarbone

In some cases, pain in the shoulder isn't caused by a problem in the shoulder joint, but by a problem in another area, such as the neck, that is felt in the shoulder and upper back. There are also a number of medical conditions that can present with pain in the shoulder.

How do we treat shoulder pain at the Mansfield Clinic?

The most important thing is to make an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your pain, and Dr Allfree will make a careful and thorough assessment of your shoulder to try to determine the nature of the problem.

Once a diagnosis has been made, a number of different treatment strategies will be recommended by Dr Allfree, including one or more of the following:

  • Manual therapy such as osteopathy
  • A specially tailored exercise programme.
  • If your shoulder pain is severe, such as in certain cases of frozen shoulder, painkillers may not be enough to control the pain. In this case, you may have cortisone injected into and around your shoulder joint. 
  • Shock wave therapy may be beneficial in certain cases that do not respond to cortisone injections.
  • If all conservative measures fail, surgery may be the only other option. If surgical advice is needed, Dr Allfree will be able to arrange a referral.

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