Shoulder Pain

A model of a shoulder joint

After back and neck pain, shoulder pain is the third most common musculoskeletal reason people present to their GP.  Here at Central Health Physio, we have some of the most respected shoulder physiotherapists in London in our team.

The shoulder is comprised of four different joints and as such there is an abundance of bones, ligaments, muscles, tendons, nerves and other soft tissues that act upon and around it. Any of these components can be affected by injury (and other conditions), but can also work together brilliantly to create full, pain-free, functional movement. The shoulder also acts as the base from which our elbow, wrist and hand functions successfully work.

There are a number of causes of shoulder pain, including:

  • Sub-acromial Impingement
  • Shoulder Bursitis
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Shoulder Instability (including dislocations and subluxations)
  • Labral (cartilage) tears
  • Fractures affecting any of the bones of the shoulder (scapula, humerus, clavicle)
  • Muscular or tendon strains/tears (including Rotator Cuff)
  • Ligament sprains or tears
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Nerve injuries around the shoulder
  • Neurological conditions affecting the shoulder
  • Referred pain from the neck

A thorough examination comprised of specific questioning and physical tests can help to diagnose the cause of your shoulder pain. Once this has been done, a treatment plan can be discussed and implemented to get your shoulder working and feeling right again.

If further investigations such as MRI, Ultrasound, blood tests or X-rays are required, our physiotherapists can point you in the right direction. If the physiotherapist feels you need to see another health professional (such as an Orthopaedic Consultant or Rheumatologist), they will ensure you see the right person via our vast network and close links with consultants.

So, whether it’s shoulder pain when putting a jacket/shirt on, lying on your side, playing tennis, swimming, or anything in between, click here to contact us so we can help you get your shoulder back on track!

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