With Dr Mel Jhey
The shoulder is an incredibly complex joint. Overall, in the human body in the shoulder we see less stability in exchange for increased range of movement and flexibility. The three main bones that make up the shoulder include Shoulder blade (Scapula), Collarbone (Clavicle) and the big arm bone (Humerus not HUMOUROUS HAHAHA!!) AND in addition to this we have a network of muscles, tendons, bursa, nerves, blood vessels and ligaments and that work together as a unit to help us throw, reach and scratch our backs.
The types of clients I see in the Osteo clinic with shoulder injuries are people of all ages including babies with muscle strains who may have been born with one arm sticking out beside their head through to, cricket players, office workers, dancers, mountain bike riders, tradies, skiers/snowboarders, our elders with arthritic joints, musicians, and anyone involved in repetitive activities. Types of injuries include muscle strains, ligament and tendon tears, tendinopathies, bursitis, nerve impingement and even some neck problems like herniated discs can affect the muscles of the shoulder.
This is why it is important to get a proper diagnosis early on – to avoid your shoulder problem becoming worse and any pains moving from and acute phase to becoming chronic.
So – when should you see your osteopath?
If your shoulder constantly dislocates, if you have sharp catching pain especially with overhead motion or internal rotation, if your shoulder pain is waking you at night, if your shoulder pain is becoming worse over time, if you have a loss of strength or notice that muscles on one shoulder are much smaller compared to the other side, if you have sharp shooting pain down your arm, pins and needles or numbness in one arm or simply if you want a check over of your shoulder joint mobility for injury prevention.
As an Osteopath, I have a range of musculoskeletal, orthopaedic and neurological tests that I can use to pinpoint the cause of your shoulder pain. If you have some shoulder niggles – come in and say hello so we can get your shoulder pain sorted out before it turns into something worse.
For the anatomy nerds among us – here’s the LONG LIST of muscles that are part of the shoulder (in no particular order.)
4. Teres Minor
5. Teres Major
6. Latissimus Dorsi
7. Anterior Deltoid
8. Middle Deltoid
9. Posterior Deltoid
13. Rhomboid Major
14. Rhomboid Minor
15. Levator scapula
16. Trapezius including upper/middle and lower fibres
17. Serratus Anterior
19. Pectoralis Major
20. Pectoralis Minor