The shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the body. It is a ball and socket joint just like the hip joint, however the shoulder socket is much shallower than that of the hip. As a result, the shoulder sacrifices a little in stability in favour of mobility. The range of movement available at the shoulder is also greatly influenced by the motion of the shoulder blade (scapula). Without this extremely mobile bone, the range of movement available at the shoulder would be greatly reduced. Therefore, any shoulder blade restriction will immediately impact on the shoulder.
In a lot of shoulder pain cases, there is nothing actually wrong with the shoulder, and the reason for the pain is due to a trapped nerve in the neck. In fact, the majority of shoulder related problems we see in clinic are due to neck problems. The person may or may not have any symptoms in the neck, but they are often amazed at how some simple treatment to the neck can free the symptoms in the shoulder. After examining the shoulder, the most appropriate treatment can be implemented.
Some of the common shoulder injuries we see are outlined below.