Shoulder pain is a common presenting complaint to our osteopathy clinic in the CBD and often clients report to have developed shoulder pain whilst at work, be it sedentary office desk work or physical work. We also have a very active group of clients who are regularly undertaking sports such as AFL, Tennis, Rugby, Swimming, Cycling, Powerlifting and Crossfit. On top of this we see many clients who enjoy regularly undertaking resistance training (strength training in the gym) as well as yoga, pilates, barre and fitness classes.
All of these pursuits and jobs can result in the onset of shoulder pain and some of the more common shoulder complaints presenting to the clinic include adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder), shoulder impingement syndrome, shoulder (sub acromial) bursitis, tendinopathy of the rotator cuff or biceps, muscle strains to the biceps or rotator cuff, shoulder instability (be it traumatic or repetitive overuse) and post shoulder surgery referrals.
The shoulder is probably one of the most challenging parts of the body when it comes to injuries and management as it is often referred to as the most mobile and unstable. The Shoulder girdle consists of the humerus, scapular and clavicle. The Glenohumeral (GH) joint is the ball and socket joint that allows one to rotate their arms in circles. The shoulder is attached to the rest of the skeleton via the clavicle and therefore there are many joints and soft tissues that can be part of the problem when a shoulder injury occurs.
Typically when you present to our osteopathy clinic with shoulder pain, your first consultation will involve taking a case history, followed by an assessment and discussion with what is thought to be going on. Treatment may involve manual therapy, pain management advice and exercise prescription, followed up by a management plan.
Our Melbourne City CBD osteopaths at Principle Four Osteopathy are focused on ensuring you are provided with an evidence informed approach to treatment and that the reason you attended the clinic is addressed to ensure a suitable outcome.
Find out more about Frozen Shoulders (Adhesive Capsulitis) by reading Osteopath Heath Williams’ article.
To find out more about these conditions and how you can better treat and manage these conditions, please call 03 9670 9290 or book an appointment online to see one of our osteopaths at Principle Four Osteopathy.
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