Shoulder pain is a common problem with a number of different causes. It’s often a symptom of another problem. There are a number of reasons why you might be experiencing shoulder pain.
Common causes of shoulder pain include:
- Poor posture
- Frozen shoulder – a 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 may have an unusually large range of movement (hypermobility)
- Acromioclavicular joint disorders – conditions, including osteoarthritis that affect the acromioclavicular joint, which is the joint at the top of the shoulder
- Osteoarthritis in the shoulder joints
- A broken (fractured) bone, such as a fracture of the humerus (upper arm bone) or broken 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.
Treatments for Shoulder Pain
It is important to see a physiotherapist for a thorough examination of the shoulder so a working diagnosis can be made. This will ensure the most relevant treatment plan is developed for you. We use a number of different physical methods to promote healing and will explain to you what treatments are available to you and how they will work.