Shoulder Pain Frozen Shoulder
Rotator cuff injury, Frozen Shoulder, Tendionitis, dislocated or joint out of place, mal-aligned collar bone (subluxed clavicle), referred pain from a joint or an organ e.g. Diaphragm or gall bladder.
Shoulder pain is usually a discomfort that is felt anywhere around the one or all of the rounded part of the shoulder, front, back and outside. Sometimes patients describe neck pain as shoulder pain and visa versa, this may be due to referred pain as the areas are very closely linked. If you have a shoulder issue, the types of symptoms you may be experiencing are;
• Local specific pain which you can put your finger on and say ‘the pain is here’
• Restricted movements of the arm giving pain when ‘brushing or drying your hair’ or ‘driving the car’ i.e. having hands on the steering wheel
• Catching sensation when reaching out for something, pouring the kettle, brushing your teeth
• Arm feels limp and weak, may even feel a bit cold
• General ache around the shoulder area, one that you can’t pinpoint, it feels like a ‘deep nagging ache’
Your Osteopath will go through a range of questions with you on your Initial Consultation which will help us to understand the cause of the pain, and a treatment plan will be tailor made for your diagnosis.
Please note: if the cause of the discomfort is not mechanical in nature (due to damage to the muscles, joints, ligaments or tendons) and is due to some other underlying issue, then the Osteopath will be able to refer you to the correct health professional to help deal with your symptoms.
Frozen shoulder is where the shoulder joint becomes painful and stiff, resulting in pain, reduced mobility and interference with everyday tasks – at its most severe it can even affect the sufferer’s ability to reach their back, sleep or drive.
Frozen shoulder will affect one in 50 adults at some stage in their life, most commonly between the ages of 40-60 and in women. If neglected, it can take up to three years for symptoms to disappear as despite the easing of pain the range of motion will continue to worsen for some time.
Osteopathy can considerably reduce the length of time it takes for symptoms to disappear completely, by using such techniques as specific mobilisations, muscular massage and hydrotherapy to return the shoulder to regular moment. Your practitioner will also prescribe appropriate exercises which will help you to speed up your recovery as well as to reduce the chance of recurrence.
If you suffer from shoulder pain or frozen shoulder, why not give us a call and we will book you in with one of our qualified osteopaths who will help you rediscover a pain-free, active lifestyle.