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Common Causes Of Shoulder Pain

Not being able to lift your arm is a classic symptom of shoulder pain. The main causes include:
A traumatic event, like a skiing accident, a fall, or a wrench to the arm
Lifting something awkwardly, or unexpectedly heavy
Sitting all day putting long term stress on your spine and shoulder muscles
Sports injuries, exercise routines or just having too much fun!
Wear and tear as you get older, leading to inflammation and pain in the shoulder joint
Unknown - many people just don’t know where the trouble came from - Frustrating!

Shoulder Pain Explained In Plain English

Shoulder pain affects our upper arm movement due to a combination of issues with muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. It can be in one place or spread. It can be more than one issue, or one that leads to another.

Shoulder pain ranges from an annoying niggle that comes and goes, to severe pain when you try to lift your arm, one of the signs of “frozen shoulder”

Sometimes shoulder problems resolve with time, rest or exercise. More often the problem doesn’t get better properly and feels stiff, painful or vulnerable so that you are afraid of getting back to normal activities. This is when a professional opinion and treatment is really helpful.

Untreated, these pains can go from short easy to fix problems, to long term and harder to fix problems. Nobody likes taking pain killers or contemplating surgery. It’s important to choose a treatment which is safe, effective and proven thousands of times over all over the world.

What Are The Major Causes Of Shoulder Pain?

We've already dealt with some of the common causes such as trauma and posture. However, let’s dive in a little deeper to see which shoulder conditions Osteopathic care provides a safe non surgical solution for:

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder often starts innocuously, and builds up over time to something quite bad. There is typically pain in the tip of the shoulder which radiates to the upper arm, worse for lifting the arm up or reaching backwards. Without treatment this can last for a long time.

The arm is stuck in a loop of pain and stiffness, often made worse by exercise.


Arthritis of the shoulder joints often happens after accidents earlier in life, which leads to uneven wear.. It is quite common, building as you get older, but Arthritis is not a one way street and with careful treatment can improve significantly. Pain killers mask the pain and can actually make this condition worse as you overuse irritated tissues in your shoulder...

Tendonitis and Tendon strain

Sometimes there is specific pain in the front of the shoulder, perhaps after lifting or gym training. There will be specific tenderness and perhaps swelling where it hurts. This must be rested!

Upper Shoulder Pain

This is often muscular, from posture issues, overtraining, or trouble with the neck or upper back on that side. This can lead to “referred pain” into the shoulder.

Trapped Nerve

Trapped nerves in your neck can lead to pain in your shoulder. We can do tests to check for this. It will be aggravated by neck movements.

How Does An Osteopath Treat Shoulder Pain?

An Osteopath will only use their hands and brain to skilfully and logically assess your symptoms. We train for many years to feel what is normal and what is in trouble, and Osteopathy is a fantastic method for getting your body back in tip-top shape again.

We don’t use machines or ask you to do endless exercises that you find difficult and don’t help. In fact many people have been given exercises which just prolong the problem and make it worse! We just get your body working properly by aligning everything, and getting the parts talking to each other. Treatment is typically very gentle and relaxing. Healing comes naturally without drugs or surgery. Because it is very hard to rest a shoulder, recovery is often not instant, but your Osteopath will give you a care plan with what to expect as recovery progresses.

This means you can be well in a truly natural way, by in the end the miracle of your body healing itself.

And here's the best bit... By fixing the root cause of your problems, frequently people find that related issues that are connected also show drastic improvement, so you get help with all sorts of issues you didn’t even realise were connected, like tennis elbow or tingling in the fingers.


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From clients benefiting from a better quality life

Melinda is the best you can get!! I went to see her after my scan showed my baby in breach position. Melinda put me at ease and the adjustments she made were totally pain free and relieved tightness in my back. Within 36 hours my baby turned… totally amazing. This may not work for everyone, but it’s worth a go … especially over the likely stress and pain that comes with the ECV hospital treatments.
Danielle T
Danielle T
20:45 20 May 24
I have visited Fulham osteopath three times and i feel much better from head to toes. Melinda helped me with my neck issues, my posture, my sciatica & a twisted ankle. I will definetely go back.She is beyond nice and welcoming!
Dina Khodr
Dina Khodr
14:41 10 May 24
Melinda Cotton is one of a kind, she reads and understands the body’s messages before manipulating you delicately.Her years of practice has not erased her enthusiasm; she is always up to date on the latest techniques and will welcome you with warmth and a radiant smile.
estelle Garcin
estelle Garcin
08:14 08 May 24
Andrew is very professional and knowledgeable. I am very pleased with his treatment and results achieved. Thank you very much!
19:45 27 Apr 24
I cannot speak highly enough of the service here. I came on the advice of a freind with a suspected frozen shoulder, which at the time was astonishingly painful. It turns out that it was likely a partially dislocated shoulder, and thanks to the brilliant analysis and help of Omer it is now on the mend. The help and advice was spot on, and I'll make a habit of coming with any muscular problem in the future.Put simply, if you have a problem this is the place to go. It is absolutely amazing.
Peter Kinsella
Peter Kinsella
16:18 05 Apr 24
My 8 month old daughter had treatment with Giulia at Fulham osteopath as she wasn’t meeting some milestones and we were a little concerned. Giulia was very welcoming and reassuring right from the beginning.When my daughter had her first treatment with Giulia, the next day she was able to meet that milestone as if nothing had happened, we were amazed at how quickly the treatment worked and we were really pleased to see that.Giulia recommended to have two more treatments for her and with those treatments things just got better for her in regards to meeting her milestones.We highly recommend Giulia for anyone who might be facing the same concerns for their little ones.
fatma Hassan
fatma Hassan
11:23 05 Apr 24
I have been treated by Verena Leo at Fulham Osteopaths in the last few months for a hip imbalance which causes complications such as trochanteric tendonitis and bursitis. But of course she looks at the skeleton as a whole. She has a very informed and gentle approach, which I like. She never rushes things, explains well and gives exercises to help further at home. I am pleased and have brought my teenage daughter, who has posture issues, to be treated by her too. Definitely recommended.
Rana Gediz Iren
Rana Gediz Iren
07:45 18 Mar 24
Verena at Fulham Osteopath, offers an excellent service for your body from head to toe, excellent personality this lady explains everything thoroughly and is thorough with her services.Verbena offers a great service which l can strongly recommend her if your not feeling well with Osteo problems.She's made me feel a lot better in three treatments. Good luck.Carol.
Carol Augustine
Carol Augustine
17:22 15 Mar 24
Took my daughter here before she was one. She was treated by Melinda - a very experienced osteopath who’s also knowledgeable and attentive to detail.
Anton Kozlov
Anton Kozlov
13:59 15 Mar 24
I have been intermittently using Fulham Osteopaths over the years and always had a really positive experience. Recently, Omer has been incredibly helpful, I went in due to an aching shoulder that had been bothering me for a couple of months, and not only has he really helped with that, but my recent sessions have made my whole back feel looser. I can feel the difference day to day and appreciate it enormously.
I Glen
I Glen
07:17 12 Mar 24

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