Black Swan Osteopathy & Podiatry

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain Causes and Treatments

Many of us will have shoulder pain at some point. It is a very common complaint at our osteopathy clinic. 

Shoulder pain can be extremely distracting and irritating. If we face any problem in our shoulder we can’t move easily and it can seriously hinder our lives. Many of us will have shoulder pain at some point. It is a very common complaint at our osteopathy clinic.

Every 2 of 3 people will get some sort of shoulder pain problems.  Most of the time, shoulder pain is not a serious condition and can be relieved within a few days. But if your signs do not go away as more than a week or if new symptoms appear, you should seek help without delay. An osteopath could be a good option for you if you have an ongoing injury so please get in touch if you would like to find out how we may help you.

Symptoms of shoulder pain

  • Gets worse with movement.
  • Numbness or weakness in your arm or hand.
  • Pain grows in the shoulder and may spread from the shoulder to the base of the skull
  • The pain sometimes spreads down an arm

 Causes of shoulder pain include:

  • Any kind of activity that puts your shoulder at the risk of injury
  • Too much time in an awkward position
  • Deviations in the bone or joints in shoulder side
  • Working over a desk for too many hours
  • Shock – the phrase, ‘we hold the world on our shoulders’ is very true and muscle tension will be higher in the shoulders if you are stressed or have had a shock.
  • Poor positioning and posture
  • Degenerative diseases
  • Carrying a heavy backpack or purse on one shoulder
  • Cradling your phone between your shoulder and shoulder
  • Sleeping on your stomach or with too many or too few pillows
  • If you acquire tension in the shoulder
  • Arthritis
  • In rare cases, meningitis or cancer may cause shoulder pain

How can you ease shoulder pain at home?

Even if you need medical treatment such as prescribed medicines for your shoulder pain, you can also take some simple steps to relieve minor shoulder pain at home.

Considering the signs and symptoms, there are lots of self-care treatments which are efficient to relieving pain as well as tightness, for example:

  • Lie down without using thick pillow and give a chance to your shoulder muscles to recover from the pain.
  • Use ice for 5 to 10 minutes on your shoulder every 2 or 3 hours. Use an ice pack or some frozen peas (just don’t eat them after they’ve been defrosted and refrozen a few times!).
  • Take shoulder massage. Tell a friend of family member to rub your shoulder and shoulders with oil or lotion using their fingers very slowly and gently. It will help relax your shoulder muscles into right position and it may help you sleep better.
  • Carefully move the shoulder back and forth, side to side within the pain-free range.
  • Try to reduce stress and tension at work and home.
  • Practice relaxation exercises.
  • Avoid cradling the phone between your shoulder and shoulder.
  • Use a special shoulder pillow for sleeping all the time.
  • If you need to work, work at eye level position.
  • Take a hot bath. It relaxes your muscles.

Get in touch with our team if you have any questions or would like to know how podiatry and osteopathy may help with your shoulder pain: