Shoulder problems

There are a number of reasons why you might be experiencing problems or pain with your shoulder:

  • shoulder / subacromial impingement – a painful condition, poorly understood, but very common
  • frozen shoulder – a painful condition that reduces normal movement in the joint
  • rotator cuff tears – 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 whether after an injury or not
  • acromioclavicular joint (on top of the shoulder) – conditions include osteoarthritis or instability
  • arthritis in the shoulder joint
  • a broken (fractured) bone, such as the humerus or collarbone (clavicle)

There are things you can do yourself to treat shoulder pain, including using painkillers or ice packs to help reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Avoiding activities that may aggravate your symptoms will also help, but if your quality of life is reduced you may need to seek further treatments such as:

  • physiotherapy
  • injections (steroids amongst other things)
  • surgery (in some cases)