Shoulder Pain

What can cause my shoulder to hurt?

Cartilage tear

  • You can damage the cartilage which is the band around the rim of your shoulder joint. You can also injure it in a fall, or anytime your shoulder absorbs a force. With this type of injury, you might feel pain when you reach over your head, and your shoulder could seem heavy and weak. It might also feel like it’s catching, locking, or grinding.

Rotator cuff tear

  • Your rotator cuff is the group of muscles and tendons in your shoulder that hold your arm in place and let you lift your arm up. You can damage it through overuse or in a fall. Your shoulder may hurt at night and when you try to lift things. You might hear a crackling sound when you move it. It also begins to show wear and tear as you age

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Frozen shoulder

  • This condition limits how much your joint will move. Your shoulder might “freeze” because pain or surgery have made you use it less, allowing the adhesions to build up.


  • This happens when the tendons of the rotator cuff get pinched in the bones of the shoulder. It can cause swelling and pain.


  • The bursa can get swollen and irritated if you repeat the same motions over and over again. But it can also be caused by a fall or another injury. If you have bursitis, you may notice the pain most when you move your shoulder.

What can I do to prevent shoulder pain?

Considering how often you use your shoulder every day it’s wise to take steps to protect it:

  • If you work at a computer, make sure your chair has proper back support and encourages good posture.

  • Take a break and move around at least once an hour.

  • If your job requires heavy lifting, use the proper technique: Face what you’re lifting, keep your back straight, and bend your knees to use your legs for power.

  • When reaching for something heavy over your head, use a stool or ladder to get in better position.

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Our treatment options for shoulder pain are:

For dislocations, separations and fractures, you need to attend Accidents and Emergency department help to get your shoulder back in the right position and then a sling to hold it in place while it heals. For other issues regarding the shoulder we offer the treatments below:

Physical massage therapy

  • Help to strengthen muscle and ligament groups that support the knee , improve mobility and flexibility, and promote proper positioning and posture.

Tecar Therapy

  • Is a non invasive system which is externally applied, and uses patented long wave radio frequencies to create intense tissue stimulation. It helps to reduce back pain and speed up recovery.

Medical Acupuncture/Dry Needling

  • Is effective for muscular pain. It involves inserting thin needles into precise points throughout the body, which may cause the body to release naturally occurring painkilling chemicals such as endorphins, serotonin, and acetylcholine.

Shoulder rehabilitation exercises

  • Ask your therapist about a conditioning program to strengthen the muscles around your shoulders and keep them flexible.

Joint injection

  • A cortisone steroid solution which is injected into the knee joint

Our Specialist Orthopaedic consultants are on hand to give advice and treat you if all other treatments fail.