Common shoulder symptoms

Pain is the most common symptom. Most shoulder pain is felt in the upper arm and is often movement related. Sometimes the pain can be more specific and tenderness is felt over the joint or over the top of the shoulder. Pain can lead to a significant functional loss with stiffness or weakness of the arm. Other common symptoms are a feeling of the joint slipping out of position (subluxation) or of the shoulder dislocating.

Shoulder pain is very common in the general population and only a small proportion of people will need shoulder surgery. Many shoulder conditions can be treated very successfully without surgery. With a careful diagnosis, a personalised rehabilitation programme and close communication with your physiotherapist we aim to get you back to your activities as soon as possible.

If surgery is necessary, Mr Cole will explain this in detail, along with alternatives and explain the good success rates of shoulder surgery.

Common conditions requiring treatment

  • Subacromial impingement
  • Calcific tendonitis
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • ACJ arthritis and dislocation
  • Instability and dislocation of the shoulder
  • Labral injuries
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Biceps problems
  • Arthritis of the shoulder

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