Shoulder and Arm Pain

Shoulder and Elbow Pain

Quite a lot of elbow and shoulder pain can be linked directly and indirectly to the structures in the neck and back. There are many conditions that can cause shoulder and elbow symptoms for example from direct trauma. If you are suffering with pain then please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will do our very best to help.

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Tennis elbowTennis Elbow

Lateral Epicondylitis or more commonly Tennis Elbow is the inflammation of the tendon insertions of the muscles on the lateral part of the forearm; this is usually due to some type of repetitive strain injury (such as swinging a tennis racket) or some kind of trauma to the area. Initially it is best managed with a specific elbow support applying ice for 15-20 minutes a couple of times a day but once the inflammation settles down then the muscles and joints will need treatment as they will undoubtedly have become stiff due to the period of immobility and muscle contracting as a result of the necessary ice application.

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Rotator cuff injuries, disease or disorders

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles that stabilise the shoulder and also perform internal and external rotation of the arm. These can be strained as a result of injury or exercising too hard with heavy weights etc. An example of a disorder that can be caused by injury to the rotator cuff is:

Adhesive Capsulitis or Frozen Shoulder is one condition that a lot of people self-diagnose and assume they have. A frozen shoulder typically occurs after an injury or trauma to the area, with decreased use of the shoulder (usually because of the pain) the fibrous capsule around the shoulder joint forms adhesions and gradually tightens and movement starts to become limited, this is known as the ‘freezing stage’. Once in the ‘frozen stage’ the shoulder and arm will only be able to move about 10-30° in each direction; with treatment the shoulder’s range of movement gradually begins to improve and the pain lessens, this is called the ‘thawing phase’ and can take as long as 9 months to 2 years to fully regain full and pain free range of motion. With this condition prevention is better than cure so if you feel that you may have the beginnings of a frozen shoulder then get it assessed and the sooner treatment is administered then the quicker it will get better.

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