All You Need To Know About Shoulder Pain
The effects and how to treat it.
Shoulder pain is a symptom rather than a condition in itself. Shoulder disorders are the most common causes of shoulder pain.
Examples of shoulder disorders include:
•frozen shoulder – a painful condition that reduces normal movement in the joint and can sometimes prevent movement in the shoulder altogether.
•rotator cuff disorders – the rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint and help to keep it stable.
•shoulder instability – where the shoulder is unstable and has an unusually large range of movement (hypermobility).
•acromioclavicular joint disorders – conditions that affect the acromioclavicular joint, which is the joint at the top of the shoulder.
How Common are Shoulder Disorders?
Shoulder disorders are fairly common. About 3 in 10 adults are affected by these types of conditions at any one time.
Frozen shoulder and rotator cuff disorders are most common in middle-aged and older people. Shoulder instability and acromioclavicular joint disorders tend to affect younger people, particularly men who play certain sports. For example:
•sports that involve repetitive shoulder movements, such as overarm bowling or throwing
•contact sports, such as rugby, where you may injure or fall on your shoulder
Shoulder pain can be a long-term problem. Up to half of people still have symptoms after 18 months. It is therefore important to obtain the correct diagnosis so that you can receive effective treatment for your symptoms.
Several treatment options are available for shoulder pain. They include:
•painkillers – such a paracetamol
•physiotherapy – where physical methods, such as massage and manipulation, are used to promote healing
•injections of corticosteroids – corticosteroids are a type of medication that contain hormones
•surgery (in some cases)
In most cases, shoulder disorders improve over time if the relevant treatment advice is followed.