Shoulder problems can be complex; hard to identify correctly and manage successfully without an accurate diagnosis. You can try to keep some movement going and over the counter painkillers can be used if required but generally speaking, for any shoulder condition it is useful to get an accurate diagnosis and take appropriate advice
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A shoulder injury or condition hampers your ability to move freely and can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. Shoulder pain can come from the shoulder joint itself or from any of the many surrounding muscles, ligaments, tendons or bursa. Shoulder pain that comes from the joint usually worsens with activities or movement of your arm or shoulder. Shoulder pain that is referred from a different, underlying condition usually doesn't worsen when you move your shoulder. (See Red Flag section for further information on symptoms)
Why do I have shoulder pain? Shoulder pain can arise from an acute trauma, disease or be a gradual onset often due to repetitive tasks.
What are the symptoms? There are many and varied problems arising from the shoulder some of which are listed below:
First of all, don' t worry! For the vast majority of shoulder problems there is no special cause for concern other than treating the problem you are experiencing. Typically first stop is to book a session with your PFO physiotherapist who will make an assessment. We are formally trained in diagnosis which can occasionally uncover symptoms that need further investigation by your GP.
Referred pain is shoulder pain that is generated by a different, underlying condition usually doesn't worsen when you move your shoulder.
Causes of referred shoulder pain may include:
If you have any of these symptoms you should seek an appointment with your GP as soon as possible
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