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Shoulder Conditions

Here are some common shoulder pain conditions that we specialise in

Not sure about your shoulder conditions? We can help narrow down the list by matching you shoulder pain symptoms below

Shoulder Conditions

Here are some common shoulder pain conditions that we specialise in

Not sure about your shoulder conditions? We can help narrow down the list by matching you shoulder pain symptoms below

Pain Symptoms

Find out which condition matches your pain points the best. Do note that it might not be accurate, but we hope to give you a better idea of the condition that you might be experiencing

  • Dull ache from ‘deep’ in shoulder
  • Difficult to reach back or overhead
  • Hard to sleep on affected shoulder
  • Pain from side of arm to front of shoulder
  • Stiffness
  • Sudden pain when reaching, especially overhead
  • Intense pain from trauma
  • Arm feels weak
  • Numbness/tingling reaches down the arm or up the neck
  • Shoulder spasms
  • Shoulder looks out of place

You may have:
Rotator Cuff Tear
A rotator cuff tear occurs when the rotator cuff tendons, which are comprised of four tendons deep in the shoulder joint become unstable. This usually causes the shoulder and arm to be less immobile.

Rotator cuff exercises performed during a physiotherapy session can help to decrease pain and improve shoulder function.

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You may have:
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Shoulder Impingement is usually caused by pinching of the rotator cuff tendons and their overlying bursa between the bones in one’s shoulder when reaching overhead.

A shoulder impingement can sometimes be associated with other rotator cuff injuries (damage to the rotator cuff tendons)

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You may have:
Dislocated Shoulder
A dislocated shoulder is an injury where your upper arm bone pops out of the cup-shaped socket that is part of your shoulder blade. Your joint may become unstable and be prone to redislocations again once you have had one.

Physiotherapy may adequately stabilise the shoulder. However, in more severe cases, surgery may be required to repair the torn ligaments/tendons or to fix fractures.

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  • Deep, aching pain
  • Grinding, popping or locking sensation during movement
  • Decreased shoulder strength
  • Limited range of motion
  • Stiffness and/or dull ache & pain
  • Pain has lasted months/years
  • Pain reaches upper arm
  • Pain at the shoulder joint
  • Weakness of the shoulder
  • Swelling or tenderness at the joint
  • A feeling of grinding within the joint
  • Pain has lasted months/years

You may have:
SLAP Tear
SLAP Tear stands for ‘Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior Tear’. The labrum is a thick band of soft tissue at the border of your shoulder socket.

A SLAP Tear happens when the labrum tears due to injury or wear and tear, and there is insufficient cushioning between the shoulder blade (scapula) and the upper arm bone (humerus), leading to pain and weakness in the shoulder.

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You may have:
Frozen Shoulder
Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a common cause of shoulder pain and stiffness that commonly affects patients above the age of 40. The shoulder joint is normally covered by a thin capsule. When this capsule gets inflamed, it causes pain and the shoulder remains stiff. This usually resolves with time.

Fortunately, frozen shoulder usually resolves with time. However, if the condition worsens, surgery might be needed.

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You may have:
Shoulder Arthritis
Shoulder arthritis refers to damage to the cartilage in the shoulder joints. It occurs when the cartilage starts wearing down on the ball and/or socket of the shoulder joint, causing pain.

There are various treatment options for arthritis in the shoulder such as medication, lifestyle changes (such as daily activities and/or exercise) or physiotherapy. However, if your condition has worsened, surgery might be recommended.

Discuss with an orthopaedic surgeon to determine which treatments are most suitable for you.

Find Out More

Pain Symptoms

Find out which condition matches your pain points the best. Do note that it might not be accurate, but we hope to give you a better idea of the condition that you might be experiencing

  • Dull ache from ‘deep’ in shoulder
  • Difficult to reach back or overhead
  • Hard to sleep on affected shoulder

You may have:
Rotator Cuff Tear
A rotator cuff tear occurs when the rotator cuff tendons, which are comprised of four tendons deep in the shoulder joint become unstable. This usually causes the shoulder and arm to be less immobile.

Rotator cuff exercises performed during a physiotherapy session can help to decrease pain and improve shoulder function.

Find Out More

  • Pain from side of arm to front of shoulder
  • Stiffness
  • Sudden pain when reaching
  • Pain occurs even when resting

You may have:
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Shoulder Impingement is usually caused by pinching of the rotator cuff tendons and their overlying bursa between the bones in one’s shoulder when reaching overhead.

A shoulder impingement can sometimes be associated with other rotator cuff injuries (damage to the rotator cuff tendons)

Find Out More

  • Intense pain
  • Arm feels weak
  • Numbness/tingling reaches down the arm or up the neck
  • Shoulder spasms
  • Shoulder looks out of place

You may have:
Dislocated Shoulder
A dislocated shoulder is an injury where your upper arm bone pops out of the cup-shaped socket that is part of your shoulder blade. Your joint may become unstable and be prone to redislocations again once you have had one.

Physiotherapy may adequately stabilise the shoulder. However, in more severe cases, surgery may be required to repair the torn ligaments/tendons or to fix fractures.

Find Out More

  • Deep, aching pain
  • Grinding, popping or locking sensation during movement
  • Decreased Shoulder strength
  • Limited range of motion

You may have:
SLAP Tear
(WILL BE EDITED) A dislocated shoulder is an injury where your upper arm bone pops out of the cup-shaped socket that is part of your shoulder blade. Your joint may become unstable and be prone to redislocations again once you have had one.

(WILL BE EDITED) Physiotherapy may adequately stabilise the shoulder. However, in more severe cases, surgery may be required to repair the torn ligaments/tendons or to fix fractures.

(WILL BE EDITED) Find Out More

  • Stiffness and/or dull ache & pain
  • Pain has lasted months/years
  • Pain reaches upper arm

You may have:
Frozen Shoulder
Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a common cause of shoulder pain and stiffness that commonly affects patients above the age of 40. The shoulder joint is normally covered by a thin capsule. When this capsule gets inflamed, it causes pain and the shoulder remains stiff. This usually resolves with time.

Fortunately, frozen shoulder usually resolves with time. However, if the condition worsens, surgery might be needed.

Find Out More

  • Pain at the shoulder joint
  • Weakness of the shoulder
  • Swelling or tenderness at the joint
  • A feeling of grinding within the joint
  • Pain has lasted months/years

You may have:
Shoulder Arthritis
Shoulder arthritis refers to damage to the cartilage in the shoulder joints. It occurs when the cartilage starts wearing down on the ball and/or socket of the shoulder joint, causing pain.

There are various treatment options for arthritis in the shoulder such as medication, lifestyle changes (such as daily activities and/or exercise) or physiotherapy. However, if your condition has worsened, surgery might be recommended.

Discuss with an orthopaedic surgeon to determine which treatments are most suitable for you.

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