Sometimes just reaching into the back seat of the car or a game of badminton is enough to cause a pain in the shoulder. Sometimes the pain comes on gradually with no apparent cause. Whatever the cause, problems in the shoulder can severely restrict your daily life and may even keep you awake at night with the pain.
The shoulder is actually made up of lots of joints that are linked together to allow your arm the maximum amount of movement. Correct shoulder motion depends upon all of these joints working properly and the precise synchronising of the surrounding muscles.
Poor posture, injury, fatigue and awkward movements can all place abnormal stresses on these joints disturbing their function.
Most of us have heard of a ‘frozen shoulder’ (painful stiffening of the fibrous capsule around the joint), but not this is not the cause of all shoulder pain. Many other conditions such as tendonitis, bursitis, impingement and muscle injuries can result in pain and stiffness.
Pain in the arm may also be the result of injuries to one of the joints that make up the shoulder