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Shoulder pain

Man touching his shoulderThe shoulder region is made up of 3 joints, and its overall structure allows for its large range of movement and functional capabilities. 

It is therefore, also very susceptible to injury due to its large capacity for movement and the many different muscles, ligaments, tendons and soft tissue structures which give it all its support.

Any muscle tightness, strain or injury can cause pain and movement problems in the shoulder joint and muscles.

Causes of shoulder pain

Some of the conditions that commonly cause shoulder pain include:

  • tight postural muscles of the neck and upper back
  • tendonitis in the rotator cuff muscles
  • tear or strains in the rotator cuff muscles
  • poor stability of the shoulder joint
  • poor posture
  • frozen shoulder
  • pinched nerves in the neck 

No matter what the cause, your osteopath is experienced in comprehensively evaluating, diagnosing and treating your shoulder pain, and to determine when referral to a medical practitioner or specialist is warranted.

How can osteopathic treatment help with shoulder pain?

In order to determine the cause of your shoulder pain, your osteopath will conduct a full physical, orthopaedic and neurological examination of the shoulder, neck and upper back. You may be required to perform shoulder range of motion and muscle strength tests. Special imaging investigations such as X-ray, MRI scan or ultrasound may also be required to confirm the diagnosis. 

The initial treatment goal for all shoulder injuries is to relieve pain and inflammation, followed by restoration of range of movement and improving shoulder strength and stability to help prevent further injury and aggravation.Osteopathic treatment may involve: 

  • massage and/or shoulder joint mobilisation
  • taping and strapping of the shoulder, upper back and/or neck
  • targeted exercises including improving range of motion, stretching, strengthening exercises for the muscles of the shoulder, upper back and neck
  • dry needling of trigger points

Shoulder pain should not be part of your day to day life. The sooner you seek treatment, the sooner you will be feel better. Call St Kilda Osteopathy and let us help you.