Shoulder Pain

What is shoulder pain?

The shoulder is a joint which has three main bones: the humerus, the clavicle and the scapula. The shoulder has a wide range of motion and when something is affecting the shoulder, it can impact your ability to move: causing pain and discomfort. The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body as it allows the arm to move in a in a circular motion, and up and away from the body. Shoulders get this range of motion from the rotator cuff which is made up of four tendons. The tendons, ligaments, muscles, joints and bones in the shoulder can all be affected by pain caused by injury or infection and this can be debilitating for the sufferer.

Common types of shoulder pain include:

  • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Rheuma toid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Torn rotator cuf
  • Dislocation
  • Pinched nerve
  • Frozen shoulder

What are the causes of shoulder pain?

It is possible to injure the should in a number of different circumstances. These include while performing manual labour, playing sports or from repetitive strain to the area. Shoulder pain can also be caused by diseases which affect the spine, neck, liver, heart and gallbladder.

If you cannot see the condition that causes your shoulder pain, then please call us on 01482 966 006 to find out how we can support you.

How do you treat shoulder pain?

At Flex Health, we will complete a comprehensive assessment of your condition in order to be able to offer you a person-specific treatment plan which takes into account your goals for recovery. Depending on the cause of your shoulder pain, we will provide you with manual therapy, acupuncture and physical therapy in order to build muscle strength, reduce pain and promote range of movement.

Our main priorities will include promoting a good level of overall fitness, as the healthier you are, the better you are able to rehabilitate from your condition. One of our dedicated rehabilitators will work closely with you to ensure you are getting the best out of your treatment and to ensure that we are working towards a common goal.


What should I do if I don’t know the cause of my shoulder pain?

In your initial consultation, one of our experienced rehabilitators will be able to advise you on what the cause of your shoulder pain is.

Is there anything I can do at home to help my recovery?

We would strongly advise discussing physiotherapy exercises and techniques with a qualified rehabilitator prior to trying exercises at home. While we will prescribe some active therapies to do in your spare time, it is always best to consult a professional as you could make your injury worse and cause more pain.

Do I need a referral?

At Flex Health, we will take referrals from doctors and self-referrals, so if you are interested in finding out more about how we might be able to support you then please call us on 01482 966 006.