Shoulder Pain & Adhesive Capsulitis
The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the human body and is vulnerable to injury. Current studies highlight that 30% of people suffer with shoulder pain at least once in their lives and once a year up to half the population experience an episode of shoulder pain making it among the most common joint complaints only second to low back pain.
Rotator Cuff muscles
The Rotator Cuff muscles (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis and teres minor) surround the shoulder and act to move and stabilise the glenohumeral joint. Together with surrounding tissues they are one of the most common sources of shoulder pain.
The trauma of a one – off event such as a strain, tear or a sporting injury can trigger pain and inflammation to the rotator cuff muscles and tendons. Pain and inflammation can also build-up over time by repetitive activities in certain occupations such as plasterers and decorators / painter, especially where the hand is held above the shoulder level for long periods of time.
Due to its location, shoulder disorders are closely associated with disorders of the neck, upper/mid-back and arms.
Adhesive Capsulitis commonly known as “Frozen Shoulder” is an extremely painful condition in which the fibrous capsule surrounding the shoulder-Glenohumeral joint becomes inflamed causing severe pain and restriction in motion. Pain might be constant and often worse at night.
There is no known cause of frozen shoulder, although studies suggest that it might be triggered by a mild injury or trauma from the shoulder. This is a chronic- long term condition. It may take between 12 – 36 months to resolve.
It can be split in 3 phases:
This is the most painful period where inflammation is at its height. It is characterised by an increase in pain, often worse at night; and a decrease in range of motion. It lasts 2-9 months.
Although the pain begins to diminish in this phase, the restriction in range of motion remains. This lasts 4 – 12 months.
The resolution Phase
In this phase there is a gradual restoration of motion. It may last between 12 – 36 months.
Common Shoulder Conditions patient seek Help for at JOB EFFECTIVE HEALTH.
- Rotator Cuff Injury & Tendinopathy
- Shoulder/sub-acromial impingement
- Adhesive Capsulitis
- Shoulder Instability
- Shoulder Osteoarthritis
- Muscular Strain
During your first appointment we will assess you to determine if osteopathy is suitable for you and determine which condition you might be suffering from. We will also discuss the best treatment approach for you and indicate how much treatment you might need.
If you think you are suffering from any of the above conditions or anything related to the health of your shoulder, please contact JOB EFFECTIVE HEALTH for advice and to book your appointment. We are here to “Help You Get Back To Doing The Things You Enjoy The Most, Pain Free”
For Whiplash Disorders please refer to Neck Pain and Headaches