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Shoulder pain is a common injury that people of all ages and fitness levels can suffer. Whether caused by sporting activities, such as throwing or swimming, or daily activities, such as lifting boxes or mowing the lawns.

What can cause shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain can be caused by a variety of factors you may not realise:

  • Poor posture
  • Previous traumatic injury
  • Overuse during sports or work
  • Reduced strength or flexibility in the shoulder

Common injuries that cause shoulder pain:

  • Cervical spine dysfunction: shoulders often feel sore due to pain referring from the neck
  • Subacromial Impingement Syndrome: Inflamed or irritated tendons causing pain as they pass through the subacromial space. This may also result in weakness and reduced mobility of the shoulder.
  • Tendinopathy: Pain and weakness felt when moving the shoulder caused by overuse of the rotator cuff or biceps tendons.
  • Adhesive Capsulitis: formation of excessive scar tissue or adhesions around the shoulder joint leading to pain, stiffness and dysfunction.
  • Glenoid labral tear: An injury to the tissue rim surrounding the shoulder joint, often causing instability throughout the area.

How may osteopathy assist?

We will take an entire case history and assessment for your injury. This will include an examination of the shoulder itself as well as the surrounding structures such as your neck, back, elbow, and wrist to determine the cause of your pain.

Treatment may include:

  • Teaching you about your posture and shoulder mechanics that may be leading to the injury
  • Identifying improper form in any sporting or daily activity, and teaching you to adjust if necessary
  • Manual therapy including movements and massage to the painful area
  • Providing strength and mobility exercises for at-home rehabilitation
  • Our clinic provides shockwave therapy which may also aid in shoulder injury rehabilitation

Team Effort!

Shoulder rehabilitation requires a group effort between the patient and the osteopath (you and us) in order to achieve the best results!


Angus McQuie
Spring Osteo Clinic
Surrey Hills Vic 3127
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Diercks, R., Bron, C., Dorrestijn, O., Meskers, C., Naber, R., Ruiter, T. D., Willems, J., Winters, J., & van der Woude, H. J. (2014). Guideline for diagnosis and treatment of subacromial pain syndrome: A multidisciplinary review by the Dutch Orthopaedic Association. Acta Orthopaedica, 85(3), 314-322. https://doi.org/10.3109/17453674.2014.920991

Hopman K, Krahe L, Lukersmith S, McColl AR, & Vine K. 2013. Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Rotator Cuff Syndrome in the Workplace. The University of New South Wales.

Oliveira, V. O. M., Vergara, J. M., Oliveira, V. F., Lara, P. H. S., Nogueira, L. C., & Arliani, G. G. (2021). EXTRACORPOREAL SHOCKWAVE THERAPY IN SHOULDER INJURIES: PROSPECTIVE STUDY. Acta ortopedica brasileira, 29(5), 268–273. https://doi.org/10.1590/1413-785220212905237628

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