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Osteopathy for Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is very common, and something we see every day at Matrix. For some, shoulder pain is only a niggle, but for many it is debilitating and causes a significant loss of range of motion.

If you're looking for effective and personalised osteopathic treatment for shoulder pain in Ivanhoe, look no further than Matrix Health & Performance. Our experienced osteopaths are well-versed in treating various causes of shoulder pain.

In our experience, the most common causes of shoulder pain are:

  1. Rotator Cuff Injuries: Rotator cuff injuries can occur due to overuse, acute trauma, or degeneration. These injuries can cause pain, weakness, and limited mobility in the affected shoulder, particularly when attempting to lift or rotate the arm. The pain associated with rotator cuff injuries is often sharp and persistent.

  2. Shoulder Impingement: This occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff muscles and the bursa in the shoulder joint are compressed or pinched. This can cause pain, swelling, and difficulty with arm movement. The pain associated with shoulder impingement is generally a dull ache that may become sharper with certain movements.

  3. Frozen Shoulder: Also known as adhesive capsulitis, this condition is characterized by the gradual loss of mobility and pain in the shoulder joint. Frozen shoulder can occur due to injury, surgery, or prolonged immobility. The pain associated with frozen shoulder is generally a dull ache that can become more severe as the condition progresses.

  4. Bursitis: Bursitis occurs when the small, fluid-filled sacs called bursae become inflamed due to overuse or trauma. This can cause pain, swelling, and difficulty with shoulder movement. The pain associated with bursitis is generally a sharp, intense pain that can be aggravated by certain movements.

  5. Arthritis: Arthritis can affect any joint in the body, including the shoulder. Arthritis can cause pain, stiffness, and limited mobility in the affected joint. The pain associated with arthritis is generally a dull ache, often relieved with movement.

A recent study from 2020 found that osteopathic treatment over an 8-week period "led to statistically significant and clinically relevant positive changes of pain and disability in patients suffering from shoulder pain."

To read about how we manage shoulder pain, click here.

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