The osteopathic approach to diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of the painful shoulder begins with your story – getting a detailed history of how yourshoulder pain treatment pain has come about, as well as broader aspects of your life that may be contributing or maintaining your shoulder problem.

The ‘shoulder complex’ is a structure made up of four joints: the gleno-humeral, the acromio-clavicular, the sterno-clavicular joints and scapular-thoracic articulation. These joints and the muscles surrounding them permit movement of the upper limb, allowing you to put washing on the line, play cricket or do a handstand.

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Written by Osteopath Sam Bombos

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