Shoulder Pain treatment

The shoulder joint is a very complex, highly mobile structure that actually comprises 3 different joints:

 

  • The glenohumeral joint: where your upper arm (humerus) connects with your shoulder blade (scapula)

  • The acromioclavicular joint: where your shoulder blade (scapula) connects with your collarbone (clavicle)

  • The sternoclavicular joint: where the collarbone (clavicle) meets the chest bone (sternum)

  • The 4th joint: scapulothoracic joint is not really a joint between 2 bones, but the shoulder blade glides over the thoracic spine. It is seperated with muscles and ligaments; no ligaments connect the bones at this ‘joint’. 

There are many different muscles attaching to the shoulder joint and as it’s the most mobile joint of the body, many things can go wrong with this part of the body. The ‘outer sleeve’ muscles are the pectoralis muscles, the latissimus dorsi, the deltoid muscle and the trapezius. Underneath, we can find the ‘core muscles’ of the shoulder: levator scap, rhomboids, serratus anterior, pec minor and the subclavius muscle. 

Important muscles to stabilise the upper arm into the shoulder blade are called rotator cuff.

Causes of shoulder pain

  • Arthritis

  • Inflammation (tendons, the shoulder capsule, bursa)

  • Injuries

  • Referred pain into the shoulder (from the neck)

Shoulder pain Treatment Physio K

Physiotherapy should be one of the first treatment approaches for shoulder problems. A good understanding of the shoulder joint is needed. Everything in the body is connected through fascia and sometimes a tightness in one area can cause problems in another area. This happens a lot with the shoulder. The rib cage or the low back could be the culprit and shoulder pain can be the result. At physio K, we have a deep understanding of how the body functions and how other areas can be the cause of your problems. Soft tissue work, dry needling, joint mobilisations and manipulation, traction, education and exercise therapy are all treatment methods which can be used to effectively alleviate the shoulder pain.

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