Shoulder pain that doesn’t improve after 2 weeks might be caused by something that needs treatment.
|Shoulder symptoms||Possible causes|
|Pain and stiffness that doesn’t go away over months or years||frozen shoulder, arthritis (osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis)|
|Pain that’s often worse while using your arm or shoulder||tendonitis, bursitis, impingement|
|Tingling, numb, weak, feels like it’s clicking or locking||shoulder instability, sometimes because of hypermobility|
|Sudden very bad pain, can’t move your arm (or it’s difficult), sometimes changes shape||dislocated shoulder, broken bone (such as the upper arm or collarbone), torn or ruptured tendon|
|Pain on top of the shoulder (where the collarbone and shoulder joint meet)||problems in the acromioclavicular joint, like dislocation or stretched or torn ligaments|
If your shoulder sustains an injury, it makes performing simple tasks rather difficult, it is a very flexible joint – making possible injuries all the more likely. If you are experiencing problems with your shoulders then you may have swelling or stiffness in your joints, certain movements of your arms will become difficult or you may feel pain in your back.
Any sporting activity that involves repetitive movements can cause issues with the shoulder and elbow joints. Frozen shoulder is a common condition that affects people playing sports, but it’s not just sport that can cause pain – arthritis is another common trigger.
If you are suffering from any shoulder or elbow pain or discomfort you should seek professional help. Our team of orthopaedic surgeons have the expertise to ensure you receive a fast and comprehensive diagnosis of your condition.
We use the latest technology to ensure your receive an accurate and speedy diagnosis of your condition, including imaging and screening services include MRI screening facilities, ultrasound and conventional x-rays.
Once you have received your diagnosis, our team will be able to talk through your options and suggest possible treatments:
- Subacromial decompression (a procedure that repairs tendon damage in the upper shoulder)
- Shoulder replacement
- Rotator cuff surgery
- Joint fusion
- Elbow replacement procedures
- Corrective surgery (for joint deformity)
- Arthroscopic surgery
The specialist team works alongside our team of musculoskeletal physiotherapists to help you return to your previous level of fitness as soon as possible after the treatment.