What Is Shoulder Pain?
Shoulder pain is when you feel physical discomfort in your shoulder, which is several joints along with muscles and tendons. The shoulder is made up of three bones, called the humerus (upper arm bone), scapula (shoulder blade) and clavicle (collarbone). If you have pain or discomfort in any of these areas, it is usually referred to as shoulder pain.
Symptoms Of Shoulder Pain
Shoulder pain can feel different from person to person depending on the cause and location of the pain.
If you have shoulder pain you may experience:
Pain in the shoulder joint
Pain in the back of the shoulder
Pain in the upper part of the arm
A ‘catching’ pain
Reduced movement in the affected shoulder/arm
Pain when moving the affected shoulder/arm
Weakness of the affected shoulder/arm
Feeling like a joint is slipping in and out of its socket
Pins and needles (tingling)
Shoulder pain can take some time to settle, and the length of time this takes can vary widely. If your shoulder pain persists for a week or more or worsens over time, it’s important to seek medical attention.
While it’s usually benign, sometimes shoulder pain can indicate something more serious. If you have an ache, heaviness, or pressure that extends from your chest to your shoulders, this could be a sign of a heart attack. If you experience these symptoms, call 03 5331 3060 immediately.
Common Causes Of Shoulder Pain And Common Shoulder Pain Conditions
Shoulder pain is a fairly common problem that can affect anybody of any age and ability. Shoulder pain in younger people is often the result of an accident or injury, and as we age natural wear and tear tends to become more likely.
There are many things that can cause shoulder pain, including:
Cartilage (a smooth, cushion-like tissue that covers the ends of bones that meet in a joint, such as the shoulder) can become worn over time or damaged due to an injury or accident, which may lead to osteoarthritis.
Inflammation of the synovial membrane, which may occur due to a condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, an injury, or an unknown cause.
Also known as adhesive capsulitis, this condition occurs when the capsule in the shoulder becomes inflamed and tight. This may occur due to another condition such as diabetes, an injury or after surgery, or an unknown cause.
Also known as bursitis, this common condition is where the bursa (a small, fluid-filled sac) becomes inflamed and therefore increases friction between structures such as bone, muscles, and tendons. In the shoulder, the bursa is between the rotator cuff tendon and the acromion (the bony tip of the shoulder). This tends to happen due to repetitive movements.
Injuries and sprains
The labrum (the flexible tissue that helps to keep the shoulder joint in place) and ligaments in the shoulder can become injured or sprained, which may cause short-term pain. A rotator cuff injury is another common shoulder injury. This group of tendons and muscles can become injured due to an accident or fall, or may slowly worsen with time.
Injury to the axillary nerve may cause shoulder pain if you break your humerus or dislocate your shoulder.
In some cases, shoulder pain may be due to a medical issue such as gallstones, pneumonia, or a heart attack.
If you notice that the pain radiates from your shoulder down your arm, you feel tightness across the chest, or become short of breath, dial 000 immediately.
Treatment For Shoulder Pain
Remedial massage aims to reduce muscle pain and tension by releasing knots and trigger points in the muscle. Massage therapy also works to improve posture and shoulder positioning, which may help to prevent shoulder injuries in the future.
Myotherapy is a hands-on, targeted treatment that focuses on musculoskeletal issues such as shoulder pain. Using evidence-based assessment and treatments, this holistic approach to rehabilitation and pain management aims to identify the root cause of the pain before addressing it.
Exercise physiology is much more than a personal trainer or gym instructor. Exercise physiologists have extensive knowledge of the human body and focus on the rehabilitation of muscle, joint, and nerve injuries, such as those that may be causing your shoulder pain.
Why Modern Medicine Is The Team For Your Shoulder Pain
Our team at Modern Medicine is dedicated to providing quality care to all residents of Ballarat and the surrounding areas. Shoulder pain can make working, playing, and living more difficult than necessary and we don’t like to see this for anybody.
When you come to us with shoulder pain, our allied health professionals are ready to help you with:
Whether your shoulder pain is the result of an accident, injury, or medical condition, if remedial massage therapy may help, we’re happy to do all we can. Our massage therapists have a wealth of knowledge and experience in a range of massage techniques and will work with you to determine what works for you.
Our myotherapists are highly experienced and qualified to manage your musculoskeletal dysfunction, including shoulder pain. Depending on the cause and type of pain you have, our myotherapists will use hands-on therapy to assist in the treatment of your shoulder pain.
Our exercise physiology team aims to provide the best possible management for your shoulder pain and help you to live as freely as you could before. At Modern Medicine, we focus on management while also paying close attention to the prevention of injuries and addressing other issues such as the risk of falls.
Make A Booking At Modern Medicine Today
When shoulder pain is impacting your life in any way, you don’t need to roll over and accept it. At Modern Medicine, our qualified and experienced team of massage therapists, myotherapists, and exercise physiologists are on hand to address your pain and work to discover the root cause. Whether you’ve been injured, had an accident, or have a condition that is affecting your shoulder, we’re here to help with knowledge and care.