The shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the body and as such encounters a multitude of problems affecting the shoulder joint capsule which includes bones, ligaments and muscles. It is a common problem affecting 3 in 10 adults at any one time.
A thorough examination will help determine the origin of shoulder pain but there a number of possible causes including poor posture, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff disorders, impingement syndrome, shoulder instability, acromioclavicular joint disorders, osteoarthritis or after surgical intervention.
- restricted movement and stiffness
- toothache-like pain in the upper arm
- localised shoulder pain
- intermittent sharp pain with certain movements
- pain across the upper back/neck, pins and needles
- referral of symptoms to the elbow and forearm
- general weakness