Written By: Chloe Wilson BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
Shoulder pain is a common problem affecting around thirty percent of people.
We expect a lot from our shoulders. Not only does the shoulder joint move through a much greater range than any other joint in the body, in multiple directions, we also expect it to be strong enough and stable enough to lift heavy items, throw things and at times support our weight.
We are constantly using our arms and shoulder pain can quickly start to limit what we can do. It may be related to posture, weakness, tightness, instability, wear and tear or an injury. It may not even be caused by a problem in the shoulder itself, but from a problem in the neck.
I’ve been helping people beat shoulder pain for over ten years. Many cases will settle down with simple treatment that you can do at home but some will require specialist intervention. But where do you start?
The shoulder joint is made up of the humerus (upper arm bone), scapula (shoulder blade) and the clavicle (collar bone). It is surrounded by muscles, tendons, ligaments and bursa which work together.
The first step to overcoming shoulder pain is working out what is wrong. In the shoulder pain diagnosis section, we will help you work out what is causing your pain by thinking about where the pain is and what sort of symptoms you have.
Pain at the front of the shoulder will be caused by something different to pain in the shoulder blades. And a sharp pain when you reach up above your head indicates a different problem to burning pain in your shoulder at night.
Accurate shoulder pain diagnosis is key to overcoming shoulder and arm problems. LEARN MORE >
There are lots of different things that can go wrong in and around the shoulder. Your pain may have started suddenly after an injury or may have come on gradually over time. There may be a tear in one of the muscles, inflammation in a tendon or bursa, or a problem in the bones themselves.
You can find out all about the most common shoulder pain causes such as rotator cuff tears, impingement syndrome, frozen shoulder and tendonitis, including the best treatment options for each, in the common shoulder problems section.
Exercises are one of the best treatments for most causes of shoulder pain. They help to improve the mobility, flexibility, strength and control of the shoulder.
In the shoulder pain exercises section you will find a whole range of exercises for different shoulder problems. Each come with easy to follow instructions and pictures as well as top tips on how to get the best results, how to progress appropriately and what exercises are right for you. LEARN MORE >
Most cases of shoulder pain can be treated with a combination of rest, exercises, injections and physical therapy, but in some cases, surgery is required.
In the shoulder surgery section, we look at the indications for the different types of surgery, what happens during the operation, the rehab process and loads of top tips on how to make the best recovery.
This site is intended to give you the information you need to help you overcome your shoulder joint pain. My passion is to share this information and my advice in an easy to understand, accessible format to empower you to take control of your pain. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please use the Site Map.
Please be aware that Shoulder-Pain-Explained.com is intended for information purposes only. It should never delay or prevent you from seeking or following medical advice or treatment. Any incidence of pain, weakness of instability should be evaluated by your health professional – please see our terms and conditions before proceeding.
If you are suffering from pain elsewhere, we also have sister sites on knee pain and foot and ankle problems. I hope you enjoy your visit to Shoulder-Pain-Explained.com.
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Page Last Updated: 07/07/2021
Next Review Due: 07/07/2023