Learn more about shoulder pain

Shoulder Pain

The shoulder is an incredibly mobile joint. Add to this a high amount of use in day to day life, hobbies and sports, it’s a common injury. 

Been suffering a nagging shoulder pain for some time now? Our osteopaths will examine your shoulder and surrounding areas to determine the cause, provide a diagnosis and give you a plan to get you moving and using your shoulder again. 

What is shoulder pain?

We use our shoulders a lot! From daily life to throwing and lifting weights at the gym. With this comes pain from time to time. Being such a mobile joint makes it complex and pain come present in many different ways and in different locations. Some people develop pain in the back of the shoulder over the shoulder blade as a dull ache. While others may experience a sharp pain only on movements and the pain being pinpoint in the front of their shoulder. One of the most common symptoms however is a lack of mobility in the shoulder, struggling to raise their arm up or a complete inability to do it. 

Due to the amount we use our shoulders it is not uncommon for people to have complained of shoulder pain for long periods of time. 

Your osteopath will try to find the cause of your pain to adapt a treatment approach specific to you.

What causes shoulder pain?

For most people shoulder pain is due to these common injuries:

Rotator cuff strains/tears or tendonitis, bursitis, acromio-clavicular joint sprains, shoulder dislocations/instability, arthritis, labral tears or frozen shoulder. 

Shoulder injuries are often caused by trauma, bumping in football or falling on outstretched hands etc, however can be chronic conditions that have built over time.


Possible causes

What causes your pain?

These are some of the specific conditions that impact your shoulder pain.

rotator cuff strain

Frozen Shoulder


Shoulder pain at The Osteo Collective

How we help.


Your practitioner will start by asking you questions about your pain. This will be followed by a physical assessment testing the range of motion of your shoulder, palpating the surrounding muscles and performing some special tests. We will discuss with you our diagnosis and develop a plan with you to help you and your pain. 


Treatment with our osteopaths is a hands-on approach. After determining where, why and how you have developed your pain we will use a combination of soft tissue techniques, stretching, mobilisation and other joint related techniques. We also consider what you do day to day and develop a home treatment plan for you to implement.


No one wants regular, recurring nagging chronic pain. Our exercise physiologist is the person to help with prevention. Improving your strength, function and flexibility, along with lifestyle changes will help prevent any future re-injuries. 

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