Shoulder pain

Is it your neck or actual shoulder?

Your shoulder is the most mobile of all your joints. Compare it to your other joints and think about how much it moves. The reason for this movement is that the shoulder has a small contact zone. Which also makes the joint unstable. If you have shoulder pain it may be that your muscles are not strong enough or uncoordinated. Additionally, you may have sharp pain around the shoulder with movement or dull ache on the top of the shoulder.


The shoulder is a very complex structure and depending on the location of pain it may give a practitioner an insight to what may be causing it. Having worked in a corporate environment, I’ve seen many neck and shoulder problems. People sitting at the desk have noticed shoulder tension and neck discomfort build up throughout the day. For this type of problem we may have a good understanding that poor posture may be the main suspect.

What are symptoms of shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain may be an acute or chronic problem.

  • Pain on particular movement of the shoulder
  • Weakness of the shoulder muscles
  • Neck pain
  • Sharp and/or dull pain
  • Tingling or numbness around the shoulder

What causes shoulder pain?

Prolonged sitting at the desk, direct injury around the shoulder region, and repetitive stress of the shoulder are common causes of shoulder pain.

  • Strain or sprain of the shoulder
  • Repetitive stress of the shoulder (poor form at the gym, work related etc)
  • Fracture
  • Dislocation

Management for the shoulder

There are many gold standard treatment approach for shoulder pain. Depending on the locality of the pain and diagnosis, it’ll depend what will be the best treatment for the shoulder. Our chiropractor will assess the shoulder biomechanics to see if there needs to be referral to a medical professional or if it is appropriate for conservative management. Rehabilitation which includes strengthen the rotator cuffs, activating shoulder stabilisers, increasing proprioception of the shoulder are effective management.

Contact us to see how we can help you with your shoulder problem.