Shoulder Pain

Causes of shoulder pain

Shoulder dysfunction symptoms can be caused by several different areas.
The first is the tip of the shoulder, known as the acromioclavicular joint (ACJ). The second is the region between the shoulder joint and the neck and the third is the shoulder blade region.
Typical symptoms can involve pain around each area or down into the respective arm, limited range of movement in some or all directions and symptoms into the arm even as far as the fingers. These symptoms can involve pain, pins and needles and weakness, depending on the condition affecting the shoulder.
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Symptoms of shoulder pain

For patients experiencing shoulder pain, the symptoms can manifest in many different ways including
  • Stiffness in the shoulder joint in any range of movement, possibly in the neck as well,
  • Neural symptoms in one arm, such as pain, weakness, numbness or tingling,
  • Tenderness upon applying gentle pressure to the shoulder muscles.


Shoulder pain is one of the most common problems we see in the clinic after back pain.

The glenohumeral joint (the ball and socket joint) is one of three in the shoulder complex and is highly unstable, owing to it’s amazing range of movement. It is highly susceptible to wear and tear, as well as dislocations from trauma, such as a fall or a rugby tackle, whereby the ligaments that provide the majority of the support to the area are stretched too far.

Shoulder pain can also come from muscle spasm, muscle strains and tears, joint degeneration and bony spurs from the collar bone and shoulder blade rubbing against each other and referral from nerve compression in the neck.

How Wokingham Osteopaths can help your back pain

After discussing your case history, going through a physical examination and taking into account which of the above factors may be playing a role in your current condition, your osteopath will discuss the diagnosis with you before treatment.

Wokingham Osteopaths utilise a gentle combination of massage, articulation, stretches and manipulation (with consent) in order to relieve our patients of back pain.

To book your session with Wokingham Osteopaths & Massage please call us on 0118 380 0385

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