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Talk to me about... Shoulder Pain

A physiotherapist taping a client's shoulder

Shoulder pain is a common condition that affects millions of people around the world. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including injury, arthritis, and repetitive use. In this blog post, we will discuss the causes, symptoms, and treatments for shoulder pain.


Causes of Shoulder Pain:

Shoulder pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including rotator cuff injuries, frozen shoulder, bursitis, tendinitis, and arthritis. Rotator cuff injuries occur when the muscles and tendons around the shoulder joint become torn or damaged, which can cause pain and limited mobility. Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, occurs when the shoulder joint becomes stiff and painful, making it difficult to move the arm. Bursitis and tendinitis occur when the bursae and tendons around the shoulder joint become inflamed, causing pain and discomfort. Arthritis is a degenerative condition that can cause pain and stiffness in the joints, including the shoulder joint.


Symptoms of Shoulder Pain:

The symptoms of shoulder pain can vary depending on the cause and severity of the pain. Some common symptoms of shoulder pain include pain or discomfort in the shoulder joint, limited mobility, weakness in the arm, and a popping or clicking sound when moving the arm. In some cases, shoulder pain can also cause neck pain or headaches.


Treatments for Shoulder Pain:

The treatment for shoulder pain depends on the cause and severity of the pain. In some cases, shoulder pain can be treated with rest, ice or heat therapy, and over-the-counter pain medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Physiotherapy may also be recommended to help improve mobility and reduce pain. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair torn muscles or tendons.


Preventing Shoulder Pain:

There are several steps you can take to prevent shoulder pain, including avoiding repetitive motions or activities that put stress on the shoulder joint, such as lifting heavy objects or playing sports that require a lot of overhead movements. Maintaining good posture and performing regular exercises to strengthen the muscles around the shoulder joint can also help prevent shoulder pain.


In conclusion, shoulder pain is a common condition that can be caused by a variety of factors. If you are experiencing shoulder pain, it is important to seek medical attention to determine the cause and receive proper treatment. By taking steps to prevent shoulder pain, you can reduce your risk of developing this common condition.


If you suffer from shoulder pain, book an appointment with Front Foot Physiotherapy and we can help with your treatment and recovery. We're always available at info@frontfootphysiotherapy.co.uk

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