Reco Spinal Centre

Shoulder Pain Treatment Bristol

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What Is Shoulder Pain?

The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint made of three main bones: the collarbone (clavicle), upper arm bone (humerus) and shoulder blade (scapula). The joint is shallow so it relies upon surrounding soft tissues such as cartilage, muscles and tendons to support it and keep it operational.

Our Bristol based chiropractors and therapists help patients every day with shoulder problems by relieving the pain, diagnosing the root cause and offering support through to a full recovery.

Common symptoms can include: pins and needles in the arm, hand or fingers; pain in the region of the shoulder; weakness in muscles in the general area of the shoulder; poor mobility and stiffness.

What Are the Causes of Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain is common. We see many Bristolians during the week that have pain in their shoulder that may be due to a specific injury or trauma but sometimes the cause can be as innocent as throwing a ball for a dog, over and over again, every day (we recommend buying a ball thrower in these cases).

The causes of shoulder pain that are treated and managed at Reco Spinal Centre include:

  • Injuries or tears involving the rotator cuff
  • Frozen shoulder (tissue and ligaments around your shoulder joint become inflamed, painful and stiff)
  • Muscle strains or tears
  • Shoulder impingement disorder (tendons rub against surrounding soft tissue and bone)
  • Tendonitis (inflammation of the tendons)
  • Tendonopathy (degeneration of the tendon)
  • Trapped nerve
  • Arthritis
  • Shoulder joint instability
  • Poor posture

Treatment for Shoulder Pain

The appropriate programme of treatment and rehabilitation for shoulder conditions depends on the root cause diagnosed by our experts.

Treatments offered at the clinic include:

  • Massage therapy and soft tissue work to treat tight painful muscles and joints
  • Treatment to surrounding regions that may be impacting the shoulder (neck and back)
  • Manipulation and mobilisation
  • Specific exercise and posture work

Shoulder conditions often require ongoing treatment and are not resolved immediately. It may take in excess of two weeks before the condition starts to improve and six months or more for a complete recovery.

Reco spinal team treating a patient

Prevention of Shoulder Pain

Following treatment at our clinic, our specialists provide each patient with bespoke advice to aid the prevention of shoulder pain reoccurring. Appropriate exercise and stretching helps to strengthen an injured shoulder undergoing rehabilitation and improve mobility and flexibility.

Although rest can be an important component to recovering from a shoulder issue, too much rest can actually cause more problems and make it worse.

Ensuring good posture will also help to prevent strain and stiffness. Simple adjustments can make a big improvement to a person’s recovery process and prevent recurring problems with shoulders. This can include standing up straight with shoulders down and slightly back, not slouching in seats and readdressing the way you sleep.

Patients are often advised to avoid strenuous activities that could put a shoulder under excessive strain and pressure, especially during the recovery process.


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