Archive for September 2021

Why is my shoulder sore?

Hello. It’s Michael Brown from Cram Osteopaths in Glasgow.

Today I wanted to talk to you all about shoulder pain and one of the tests that we use to try and be specific with our diagnosis of what’s causing the pain in your shoulder.
One of these tests is known as the Apley Scratch Test. What will happen is that on the shoulder that is sore and you’re finding difficult to move, you will find trying to get a hand as if you were to scratch your back difficult on the symptomatic side.

On the good side if you just place your hand behind your back, you should be able to reach fairly high up the back. I usually mark the thumb with a finger. Now Bradley has got a sore shoulder and this one he’s going to bring it round again in the same movement for me. As you can see on his right arm, he cannot get it as high as his left hand. So this would be a positive Apley Scratch Test.

Now, if you try this test on yourself at home, or if you’ve been suffering to put your bra on, or get your jacket on then it is probably positive on that side for the Apley Scratch Test, and this is something you should definitely seek treatment for.

Contact us and we’d be happy to help.

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What Causes Neck and Shoulder Ache?

Hi, I’m Joanna from Cram Osteopaths.

One of the most common things that we see in the clinic is neck strain and related headaches. This is something that can really interfere with everyday life, especially if you’ve been working from home and maybe don’t have the right set up, or perhaps you went back to the office now and, again you’ve changed desks and you’ve not quite got your setup correct.

The test that we would always check to see if it’s coming from the neck involves two different movements that you can do yourself at home.

So if, when you look up and then turn your head to one side and you’re getting pain down the neck, or turn onto the other side, you’re getting pain down your neck, then we start to know that it’s coming from the structures in the neck as well.

If it also results in headaches, we may call this a cervicogenic headache. One of the many symptoms that you might be getting is tingling down into the fingers and depending on where that tingling is also helps us to say which part of the neck is involved in your pain.

Obviously when you come and see us, we’ll do a much more thorough examination so that we know exactly what structures are causing the problem. But if you are doing this test yourself at home while watching this video, and it’s definitely reproducing your symptoms, don’t hesitate to get in touch, book online or give us a call and the sooner you get started, the sooner we’ll have you feeling better.

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