Common conditions
Shoulder Pain

About Shoulder Pain and Injury

The shoulder is the most mobile and least stable joint in the body and therefore there is a high chance of injury or discomfort occurring. The shoulder is supported by muscles, ligaments, labrum, bursae and joint capsule to support, protect and provide its stability and strength.

Pain around the shoulder blade and shoulder injuries can be so uncomfortable and easily aggravated by movements.

Causes & Symptoms of Shoulder Pain

Shoulder blade pain is commonly caused by something minor, such as muscle strain. But it is important to know that it can be a sign of something more serious, such as heart attack or lung cancer.

Problems in the shoulder blade can range from tendonitis and neck sprain to fractures, dislocation, bone infections, referral from a different area of the body, such as the neck, gallbladder, lungs or heart.

Pain can be felt in different locations of the shoulder at the front, back, left shoulder blade pain, right shoulder blade pain, it can be felt into the shoulder blade or up in the neck. The symptoms in these different locations can be caused by varying structures or a combination of them and require particular treatment protocols, so it is really important to get a proper diagnosis from a qualified practitioner in order to get a thorough assessment.

If your symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, pain in the arm, then it is important to seek medical help as soon as possible. Shoulder problems can be diagnosed and treated by both our Osteopaths and Physiotherapists.


How long can shoulder pain last?

Shoulder pain can last from days to months depending on the severity of the problem.

Early detection of a problem is key to preventing it from becoming a chronic issue.

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