Shoulder Pain

The shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint, held together by numerous muscles, ligaments and tendons. It is an incredibly mobile joint, able to move in many different directions. This also makes the shoulder very susceptible to injury.

Shoulder pain may begin in any of the structures in and around the shoulder. These include muscles and nerves as well as spinal vertebrae and the cushioning disks of the neck. Shoulder pain may also come from regions near the neck, the upper back, elbow, upper arms and wrist or hand.

Common causes of shoulder problems:

  • Poor posture/spinal alignment (ie rounded shoulders)
  • Prolonged sitting and inactivity
  • Repetitive movements
  • Sporting injuries and / or trauma
  • Over-use / repetitive strain injuries
  • Poor Sleeping Positions

Swiss DolorClast® method treatment may provide relief where other therapies have failed and should be considered as a viable non-surgical solution. For more than 20 years, advanced shockwave therapy is used by many elite athletes and top football clubs as well as at the Olympics, World Cup Rugby and Soccer; as well as both the ATP and PGA tour events to help them perform at their peak and recover faster from (shoulder / elbow / heel) pain.

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What Our Patients Say

I was suffering from shoulder pain for more than half a year and felt extremely frustrated and helpless. Dr Neil Stakes' treatment and advice helped me to heal the pain and gave me confidence that I could work towards living a pain-free lifestyle. Dr Neil's shockwave therapy healed my shoulder rotator cuff inflammation in 5 effective sessions, and I really appreciated his holistic approach to long term care (strengthening exercises, gait assessment) to prevent the triggering of the same condition. Throughout all my sessions, my questions and comfort was well addressed and taken care of by Dr Neil and team at the clinic. Thanks Dr Neil and team!
Elaine Lim
I needed to work with my arms overhead for many years as a piano tuner, as well as a private teacher, which resulted in a repetitive strain injury similar to a sports injury. I would have had to stop working due to this troublesome injury that never fully recovered, despite resting and taking medication. I was sent for an MRI and surgery was suggested for my condition. I am grateful to Dr Neil for his explanation of why the condition was not improving (tendons have poor blood supply) and for the solutions he offered. I chose Swiss DolorClast as it was most convenient and suited to my lifestyle, as being able to come in for treatment on a weekly basis suited me perfectly. True to his explanation, I felt sustained relief after the third session, and after completing all five sessions, my problems had mostly resolved. Due to the advanced nature of my condition, I needed to complete the maximum of eight treatments and I am now able to work pain free. I have sent a few friends to Dr Neil and he has been able to help them as well.

Calcific Tendonitis

Calcific tendonitis is a disorder characterised by deposits of hydroxyapatite (a crystalline calcium phosphate) in any tendon of the body, but most commonly in the tendons of the rotator cuff (shoulder), causing pain and inflammation. Pain is often aggravated by elevation of the arm above shoulder level or by lying on the shoulder. Other complaints may be stiffness, snapping, catching, or weakness of the shoulder.

Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)

“Frozen shoulder” which is the layman term shoulder pain and complaints may be stiffness, snapping, catching, or weakness of the shoulder. Actual Frozen shoulder is an incredible lack of motion and inability to move and use the arm. In reality the true condition is much more severe and the recovery period may be up to 2 years if left untreated, with treatment the time may be reduced.

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

There may be intermittent pain or discomfort when there is inflammation from a partial tear in the tendon of the a rotator cuff tendon or results from the repetitive tendon pinching between the bones of the shoulder joint when raising the arm overhead. The tendonitis results in pain and weakness with loss of shoulder range of motion.

Impingement Syndrome

Also called painful arc syndrome, is a clinical syndrome which occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff muscles become irritated and inflamed as they pass through the subacromial space, the passage beneath the acromion bone. The pinched tendon starts to fray, and may result in an eventual tear if treatment is not started soon. This can result in pain, weakness and loss of movement at the shoulder.

Biceps Tendonitis

Biceps tendonitis is inflammation of the long head of the biceps tendon. Longhead of biceps tendonitis is an inflammation or irritation of the upper biceps tendon. This strong, cord-like structure connects the upper end of the biceps muscle to the bones in the shoulder. Pain in the front of the shoulder and weakness are common symptoms of biceps tendonitis.

Minor Osteophytes at Shoulder

Bone spurs also called osteophytes — are benign, bony bumps that usually form on the joints surface & margins due to excessive wear, on the shoulder, the joints that may be affecting movement include: glenohumeral, acromio-clavicular and sterno-clavicular joints.

Shoulder Pain from Trigger Points

Trigger points are isolated focal points located in a taut band of skeletal muscle.  When touched, these trigger point produce pain that may be felt in a location far from the actual point.  Trigger point pain often accompanies chronic musculoskeletal disorders or mimic more serious conditions for example trigger points in the neck should or back muscles like may mimic an shoulder problem because the elbow falls within the referred pain pattern, scalenii, infraspinatus, latssimus dorsi.