There are many types of shoulder pain. These include impingement or full/partial tears of the rotator cuff tendon, tendonitis, bursitis, and frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis). The most common we see are rotator cuff disorders. The rotator cuff is the group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, keeping it in the correct position and allowing it to move in a controlled way.
What causes shoulder pain?
Often there has been an external force or sudden abrupt movement that has stressed the structures of the shoulder. Other times it can result from a repetitive strain injury (RSI). Either can result in pain at night, during specific movements or lifting and carrying sometimes even small amounts of weight.
Pain usually occurs on the front and side of your shoulder and may refer down towards the elbow. Without treatment, the symptoms of RSI may eventually become constant and cause longer periods of pain. You may also get swelling in the affected area, which can last for several months.
How do we treat shoulder pain?
Our osteopaths will ask questions about how the pain started and perform an examination to determine the type of injury you might have. An accurate diagnosis for shoulder pain is important, so you should book an assessment if the discomfort persists or worsens. If it’s appropriate, we can refer patients directly for MRI or ultrasound scan.
The treatment will involve releasing muscle tension and mobilisation techniques that help return the shoulder to correct function. You will also be given advice on how to manage the condition as well as exercises when they are appropriate.
If you have an accident and you would like osteopathic treatment, you can come directly to the osteopathic clinic. You don’t need a doctors referral before coming to see us for treatment.
ACC helps by paying for part of the cost of each osteopathic treatment, which means you only have to pay $45 (normal price $75) for your subsidized treatment.
Please discuss with your Osteopath whether you are eligible for ACC.
We require adequate notice if you wish to change or cancel your appointment.
If less then 24 hours notice is given and we are unable to fill the appointment a $30 cancellation fee will be incurred.
No shows will be charged at full price.