Shoulder pain is one of the most common complaints seen in the clinic. Most people will experience a shoulder pain at some point. Shoulder pain, untreated, is 50% likely to not resolve on its own and can lead to further problems like neck and back pain and degeneration of the shoulder joints and muscles.
The main reason for this is that the shoulder is involved in almost everything we do, it is highly mobile and complex and therefore highly prone to injury and not easily allowed to recover once injured.
But, in spite of this, it is usually quite easy to treat. Because of the same reasons it can easily be injured it can easily be manipulated to encourage healing and repair.
Some common causes of shoulder pain are:
Pain in the shoulder is often referred from another area of the body like the neck or upper back. Treatment of shoulder pain, whether referred or not will always include treatment to the neck, arm, upper back and ribs. Because of the nature of the shoulder mechanics treatment will also often involve the pelvis and lower limb.