Shoulder pain can have complicated origins so it is important to have correctly diagnosed. The shoulder is prone to injuries, which can, if not addressed quickly, lead to more serious conditions such as a frozen shoulder. Most problems in the shoulders are caused by a change in function due to a postural change over time or a change in lifestyle. Often large nerves supplying the shoulder are compressed or supporting muscles are overworked leading to pain and discomfort.
The neck is the most common area to be affected by postural changes as it supports the weight of the head. Stiffness and tension can occur, reducing the mobility of the neck, resulting in aches and pain. Trauma to the neck during car accidents or falls can cause damage to a variety of structures leading to pain and stiffness. Trauma may also cause headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, and symptoms in the arms.
Your Osteopath will focus on the underlying structures causing the pain and treat these accordingly. For any neck or shoulder pain it is important to consult your Osteopath for advice and treatment as soon as possible. This will allow for a greater likelihood of a successful recovery.