Shoulder pain is often mis-diagnosed and frequently mis-treated, we regularly see what has been diagnosed as “frozen shoulder” in clinic which is not at all. If you can barely move your shoulder it may well be ‘frozen’ but if you can at least move your arm from your side by 30 degrees, the chances are it’s not frozen.
The most common condition of the shoulder
is known as “painful shoulder” as described by most Orthopaedic specialists we know, the NHS would have us believe that pain is a symptoms rather than a condition but in our extensive experience painful shoulder is a condition identified by patients as being of no known cause, painful on lifting the arm up into the air and usually when attempting to bring the arm up behind the back, doing up your bra if you’re a lady or scratching your back if you’re a man.
Who does it affect?
Primarily women between 45 & 60 and the occasional man, it is suspected to be linked with hormonal changes where collagen and elastic tissues become less elastic, it can also be associated with ladies that have had breastfeeding cancer surgery and/or axial lymph node removal which can lead to excessive scar tissue in the affected shoulder region. See here for more information on post-surgical Physiotherapy.
What can be done?
A lot! is the short answer. Our Physiotherapist Robert has years of experience dealing with shoulder pains, sometimes surgery is a sensible option for which he can refer but often a combination of deep tissue massage, NMES, muscle energy stretching and home exercises to rehabilitate the shoulder girdle muscles are sufficient to get the shoulder working as it should, restore mobility and decrease pain.
Give us a call now to find out what’s causing your shoulder pain. 020 8372 5926