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The unique and complex anatomy of the shoulder makes it the joint with the greatest range of motion but the least stability making it more susceptible to strain and injury

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The cornerstone of effectively resolving shoulder pain is early and correct diagnosis. Shoulder pain may not be life threatening and probably will not need surgery to correct it. However, it can dramatically affect your ability to carry out even the most mundane daily tasks. If your symptoms don’t improve within a few days it is important to have your shoulder thoroughly assessed.

Ignoring the pain won’t make it go away ….. in fact the injury is likely to worsen and become less amenable to nonsurgical conservative treatment
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Causes of Shoulder Pain

Most shoulder problems involve the shoulder's soft tissues: the tendons, ligaments or muscles. The bones also can be affected.

You do not have to live with shoulder pain or a lack of strength and shoulder mobility.

Many conditions of the shoulder are interrelated. For example, tendinitis may be related to a torn rotator cuff. Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) may be related to bursitis

COMMON TYPES OF SHOULDER INJURIES
Frozen shoulder can sometimes develop after a shoulder or arm injury, such as a fracture, or after having surgery to your shoulder area. But more often than not often either starts out of the blue or is triggered by a mild injury to the shoulder. The lining of the shoulder joint, known as the 'capsule', is normally a very flexible elastic structure. With a frozen shoulder this capsule (and its ligaments) becomes inflamed, swollen and contracted. The normal elasticity is lost and pain and stiffness set in.The condition usually goes through three phases, starting with pain, then stiffness and finally a stage of resolution as the pain eases and most of the movement returns.

If nothing is done most frozen shoulders improve significantly over 2-4 years after onset. However the pain and limitations of the stiff shoulder generally require treatment to regain shoulder movement.
Instability of the joint can result from an infection, from a sudden impact, or from chronic overuse. A dislocation is a prime example of joint instability and requires medical intervention. Tendons that are stretched and loose will result in a shoulder that is unstable, which could increase the likelihood of frequent dislocations, arthritis, pain, and limited motion.
Any break in the bones of the upper arm, the clavicle, or the shoulder blade can result in severe pain. Many of these fractures will heal with minimal casting and splinting, but some will require surgery to fully correct. While the arm is in a cast, muscles of the shoulder and the upper arm can weaken or atrophy. Physiotherapy Rehabilitation is an important part of fracture treatment in order to regain arm strength and prevent future injury.
Repetitive actions such as throwing a ball or playing tennis can cause inflammation to the tendons surrounding the shoulder or to the bursa located in the shoulder joint. Tendinitis and bursitis are two prime examples of shoulder inflammation that can result in a debilitating and painful injury. You may lose range of motion or develop chronic pain without appropriate treatment.
One of the most common causes of shoulder pain is the result of a torn rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is made up of 4 muscles. Their tendons form a "cuff" of tissue over the upper end of the arm bone (humerus) — the rounded "ball" at the top of the ball and socket joint. The space between the rotator cuff and the shoulder blade (scapula)) is cushioned and lubricated by bursae

The injury can lead to inflammation of the tendon (tendinitis) or the nearby bursae (bursitis).
Torn rotator cuffs also are associated with what is called shoulder impingement syndrome, a squeezing or pinching of the rotator cuff. Sometimes a rotator cuff tears completely. In other cases, there is only a partial tear.
Arthritis can be a part of the ageing process, or it can be a direct result of a previous injury to the shoulder. Most people with arthritis pain in their shoulder begin to reduce their daily activities. This can lessen the pain, but it can also result in decreased range of motion.

Rheumatoid arthritis quite often affects the shoulders. Sometimes shoulder pain may be part of a general condition such osteoarthritis or polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). Osteoarthritis is less likely to affect the shoulders, but it can sometimes follow on from previous shoulder injuries.
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Physio is clinically proven and works

Some of the common treatment modalities we use for shoulder pain include:-
  • Exercise
  • Massage
  • Electrotherapy
  • Manual therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Postural advice
  • Education and self-management strategies
  • ShockWave Therapy
These techniques and interventions will optimise healing, increase function, decrease pain and promote healing. Some of the techniques can be used as part of a within the home environment.

What you can expect from Anatomie


The shoulder and its movement functions are complex, so it takes experts in movement analysis to truly understand what is the root cause of your problem. Our specialist physios have years of medical training in movement analysis to determine exactly where your pain is coming from.

We identify the root cause of your problem and then put together a comprehensive treatment plan that will quickly relieve your pain and return your normal shoulder range of motion. The goal is to get you back to normal activities, pain-free as quickly as possible.

If you have had shoulder surgery, count on us to work with you and your consultant to achieve the best outcomes. With years of experience in helping patients fully recover from shoulder surgery, you know that you will be in good hands

Our waiting time for appointments is typically short; in most cases, you can be seen with 24 hours or even sooner. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you quickly relieve your shoulder pain!

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Take your first step on the road to recovery today!
Call 020 8907 7666 ... Email harrow@anatomie.co.uk