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Shoulder Pain Treatment

Shoulder pain is a common condition that affects many people. It is a common problem that Osteopaths treat. There are many different reasons that cause shoulder pain and there are many different types of shoulder pain. Shoulder pain can range from a dull ache to sharp shooting pain. It can refer into the neck and down the arm.
Some of the common causes of lower back pain include:
  • Sleeping in an awkward position
  • Poor posture
  • Poor ergonomics at work
  • Lifting objects above your head
  • Sports related injuries
  • Repetitive overhead motions (throwing etc.)
  • Injury/trauma
The above causes will generally lead to functional pain that is related to stress and strain being put on the lower back and causing general musculoskeletal pain. This would be considered general shoulder pain. Most of the causes above are factors in people’s everyday lives, which over a period of time will lead to dysfunction and pain.
Some injuries and trauma including falls can cause more serious problems that may require an assessment by a doctor.
Symptoms of shoulder pain and shoulder related issues can vary. The most common symptom is pain in the shoulder, this pain could be an ache or a sharp shooting pain, it could be constant or intermittent. Symptoms of pain can refer into the neck and down the arm. Numbness, tingling and pins and needles are all symptoms that can be caused by issues of the nerves around the shoulder.
Osteopaths can assess your shoulder and the surrounding areas to diagnose the cause of your shoulder pain. This involves not only looking at the shoulder but also looking at the neck and upper back. An assessment will involve taking a case history to understand the nature of the problem. Your posture will be checked and you will be put through a range of motion test which involves moving your arm to see how your shoulder moves from one side compared to the other. An assessment will also involve palpating the area, which involves feeling the muscles and joints to work out which are tight and restricted.
General musculoskeletal shoulder pain is pain that relates to the muscles, joints and some nerve related issues. The most common types of musculoskeletal shoulder pain are:
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tendinopathies
  • Muscles strains
  • Shoulder impingement
  • AC joint strains
  • Osteoarthritis
All of the above problems can be treated by Osteopaths. Osteopathic treatment is a form of manual medicine, which involves hands on techniques to help relieve pain and symptoms. This is achieved by loosening the tight muscles, strengthening the weak muscles, and helping to get restricted joints moving better. This will restore function to the shoulder.
Shoulder pain treatment generally involves the following:
  • Massage
  • Stretching
  • Mobilisation
  • Manipulation
  • Exercises
A common question when it comes to shoulder pain treatment is whether the treatment is painful. Generally, most of the techniques won’t cause pain, but treatment of a painful area will be sensitive for most people. You should always let your Osteopath know if the treatment is painful, but sometimes you may need to go through a small amount of pain to get better.
Other forms of treatment that can help with shoulder pain include:
  • Pain medication
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Heat pack
  • Ice pack
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
If you suffer from shoulder pain or any other symptoms that may relate to issues in the shoulder, you should get yourself assessed by an Osteopath.
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