SHOULDER PAIN

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Shoulder Pain

Pain in the shoulder can be caused by a number of different things. There can be a problem with the shoulder itself or the pain can stem from an issue in a different part of the spine, usually the neck area. Poor posture and shoulder position, nerve pressure, trauma to the area, or repetitive strain can all cause problems with the shoulder.

 

Causes of Shoulder Pain

The exact cause of pain in your shoulders can be found through a full examination, possibly including x-rays. This allows our clinical team to work out which is the most suitable treatment for your case. Conditions that can cause shoulder pain could be:

o   Referred pain from the neck
o   A SLAP Lesion (a tear in the glenoid section of the shoulder)
o   Ligament damage
o   Rotator cuff tear/impingement
o   AC Joint Damage
o   Frozen Shoulder
o   Bicep Tendinopathy
o   Fracture
o   Dislocation
o   Bursitis

Symptoms of a Shoulder Injury

Pain in the shoulder can be caused by a number of different things. There can be a problem with the shoulder itself or the pain can stem from an issue in a different part of the spine, usually the neck area. Poor posture and shoulder position over time, nerve pressure, trauma to the area or repetitive strain can all cause problems with the shoulder. The pain can vary in intensity, from mild, infrequent pain to chronic and constant pain in severe cases. If you’re having shoulder pain, you might notice:

  1. Pain when performing certain movements or daily activities
  2. A cracking, locking or grinding sensation in the shoulder blade
  3. Loss of movement, flexibility or strength
  4. Pain while resting or sleeping
  5. Dull aches or pains
  6. Neck and shoulder pain
  7. Pain in the shoulder and arm

Treatments for Shoulder Pain

Unless the shoulder pain is radiating from elsewhere in the body, our Shockwave or Laser therapies can be the best option for any kind of shoulder injury.

  1. Shockwave therapy can be used all over the body to break down scar tissue in a painful area. This allows for proper tissue blood flow, oxygenation and tissue healing. For this reason, we would recommend this treatment for all of the conditions above, besides a fracture.
  2. For a condition such as Tendinopathy, shockwave can be one of the best treatments. Traditionally, there is a restricted amount of blood flow to tendons, making an injury to the area quite difficult to heal. By using shockwave on the area, it’s possible to improve the blood flow in the area which can help healing significantly.
  3. A careful examination of the cervical spine sometimes shows a direct relationship between a neck and shoulder problem. In this case, it's important to treat the neck and the shoulder to provide proper nerve signals to the shoulders, and therefore encourage healing and muscle strength.
  4. The combination of shockwave therapy and our laser treatments can make a big difference to the healing time. With a slow healing injury, or an older patient, healing times can be the most challenging part of rehabilitation. Laser therapy works deep down into the tissues at a cellular level, to help trigger the body's natural healing and tissue repair. This in turn can lead to less pain, improved circulation and a decrease in swelling.
  5. If the pain is radiating from a different area of the body, for example the neck, the underlying cause could be a disc issue or a nerve impingement in the neck. These conditions could be treated effectively using spinal decompression therapy.
  6. Once the body has begun to heal, strengthening the muscles in the area is usually key to helping make sure the problem doesn’t recur in the long term. Shoulder strengthening exercises are prescribed by us at the clinic once pain levels are manageable, usually after your first phase of care.

Frequent Questions

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Georgina Atandare

16th March 2016

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19th May 2016

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26th August 2016

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