Focus on shoulders…
The shoulder comprises of ligaments, muscles and three bones; the clavicle (collarbone), scapula (shoulder blade), and humerus (upper arm bone). Unlike other joints in the body, the shoulder has a fine balance to maintain between a wide range of movement and stability which makes it susceptible to a variety of injuries.
What can go wrong
There are multiple conditions that cause shoulder pain. The Institute of Osteopathy lists these conditions as:
- Rotator cuff problem – pain in the shoulder or upper arm, particularly when lifting the arm, lying on it or using the sore muscles. It is often the result of repetitive overuse of the arm and shoulder during a sport or activity or the result of a shoulder injury. Age can also play a part.
- Acromioclavicular joint pain – painful joint on the tip of the shoulder where the collarbone and shoulder blade join
- Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis – is the painful and gradual stiffening of the shoulder capsule (the tissue that surrounds your shoulder joint) and the shoulder can often become so stiff and painful that it limits your ability to use your arm in everyday activities.
- Referred shoulder pain – pain is experienced in an area away from the actual injury or problem e.g. pain in shoulder which is usually referred from the neck or upper back
- Osteoarthritis – progressive wearing away of the cartilage of the joint leading to the two bones of the joint rubbing together causing pain. Patients who have had previous trauma or shoulder surgery are most likely to develop osteoarthritis in later life. Symptoms include swelling, stiffness, aching and sharp, stabbing pains.
- Shoulder instability – dislocation or excessive movement of the shoulder joint.
How can osteopathy help if something goes wrong in the shoulder
Diagnosing the cause of shoulder pain is key to providing the right treatment and Cram Osteopaths will work closely with you to ensure we get the right diagnosis as soon as possible. Massage, stretching and manipulation will be applied as appropriate to bring your shoulder back to working order. As always, the whole body will be taken into consideration and any treatment required at any other points of the body will also be applied. Regular treatment is usually key as shoulder injuries can be complex and take a long period of time to heal fully.
If you are concerned about your shoulder or are suffering with pain give Cram Osteopaths a call on 0141 339 0894 to have a chat or make an appointment just click here