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Shoulder pain and discomfort can make everyday tasks difficult, but with a wide range of treatments available, you don’t have to suffer in silence.

The shoulder is a ball and socket joint. This is similar to the hip joint, however the shoulder is comparatively shallow, to allow for significantly more movement. This means that it relies on soft tissue (such as muscles, tendons and ligaments) to provide support and mobility and allow it to function. It’s very common to have some sort of pain in your shoulder from time to time. However it is important to figure out why you are having this pain.

What are the causes of shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain can be caused by an injury or disease, such as arthritis, tendonitis, impingement, dislocation or the breaking of bones.

How can shoulder pain be treated?

Treatments for shoulder pain depend on the underlying cause. Many cases of shoulder pain will go away in time and can be managed with rest, gentle exercise and over-the-counter painkillers. However, if pain is ongoing you should see your GP who may refer you for treatment or surgery.



Acromioclavicular joint (AC joint) injuries

Frozen shoulder

Rotator cuff sports injury

Rotator cuff tear

Shoulder dislocation

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