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Shoulder Pain Overview

The shoulder is unique as it provides the largest amount of movement of any joint in the body. Like low back pain, shoulder pain is a very common musculoskeletal complaint with roughly 50% of people having shoulder pain at some point in their lifetime. 


The shoulder holds a complex arrangement of ligament, tendinous and bony structures. However, due to this complexity and the range of movement available, the shoulder is a joint that is anatomically more susceptible to injury. The causes of shoulder pain vary, but common risk factors include:

  • Age (increase prevalence of shoulder injuries with age).

  • Poor biomechanics.

  • Overuse injuries - sudden increases in activity.

  • Occupational - jobs that involve lots of overhead working and/or loading of the shoulder.

Click right to find out more about different types of common shoulder injuries.



The treatment of your low back will be individual and based upon the clinical assessment. As with pain in any area, a thorough assessment is essential. This will comprise of first talking about your pain and understanding what caused it, how it behaves, among other topics relevant to your pain. We will then palpate the areas and testing specific structures and movements in your lower back.


Once we have understanding as to what is causing your pain, we will then decipher an appropriate treatment plan to manage this. You are 100% involved in this decision, which means if you know acupuncture or other treatment methods have helped you in the past and you would like to receive that, then we would facilitate this. Otherwise, treatment initially focuses on restoring movement and reducing pain symptoms with manual techniques and advice. Once this has been achieved there is greater emphasis on exercise prescription to help address the areas that have predisposed you to your initial injury, and to help prevent re-injury. With these considerations, your treatment may include:


  • Correction of poor biomechanics

  • Mobilisation and manipulation

  • Acupuncture and/or dry needling

  • Manual therapy

  • Exercise Prescription

  • Sports specific rehabilitation

  • Education

If you have any questions, concerns, or are unsure of a prior diagnosis, then book an Initial Assessment or free 15 minute phone triage and take the first step to being back to your best.