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How do shoulder complaints arise?
Shoulder complaints occur on a regular basis. Sometimes shoulder pain is also a recurring injury. Possible causes of shoulder pain are heavy physical work or sport. The symptoms are often provoked by moving the arm upwards. It is possible that there is radiation towards the upper arm or towards the shoulder blades. It is often difficult to sleep on the injured shoulder. Especially in the first period after the occurrence of shoulder pain, it is difficult to carry out your daily activities. It is often difficult and painful to go shopping, to lift heavy things or to do sports that require a lot of use of your arms.
We can often divide shoulder problems into 3 types:
- Under the roof of the scapula, certain anatomical structures can become irritated. You will usually feel this when you move your arm sideways. You can think of bursitis or tendonitis of one of the shoulder muscles. But also complaints resulting from a fall or aging tendon tissue.
- Complaints that have to do with structures between the head and the socket of the shoulder. One of the most common complaints is, for example, a frozen shoulder or arthritis of the shoulder joint.
- It is also possible that you have shoulder pain as a result of neck problems. Sometimes the symptoms you feel in your shoulder have a different cause. Usually a nerve in the neck is responsible for this pain. Other small joints around the shoulder can also be the cause of shoulder complaints. The joint with the collarbone or the joint with the sternum can be responsible for shoulder pain.
Physiotherapy for shoulder pain
During the examination we will look at the possible cause of your shoulder pain. On the basis of the examination a clear treatment plan will be drawn up. Keeping moving with shoulder pain is very important to preserve the mobility in the shoulder. Besides specific advice, the treatment can consist of: restoring the mobility by manual therapy, dry needling, various muscle techniques and training the muscles of the upper back and shoulder by means of exercise therapy.