Understanding Shoulder Pain At Motion Health Centre

Healthy shoulder function occurs when all the muscles, joints, and kinematic chain work in balance, alignment and coordination. Gain knowledge on common shoulder pain problems and how shoulders normally work.

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Shoulder Conditions

Is the Range of Motion In Your Arm Compromised Because of Niggling Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain can hit you for six, especially if you’re usually active, or play sports that require full range of motion of the arms. Motion Health Centre and our expert Sports Chiropractors and Trigenics Practitioners, have the experience and ability to offer quality treatment on this region of the body; in the Sydney CBD.

If you have a stiff or sore shoulder, upper arm pain or problem, learn more about signs, symptoms and shoulder pain causes and common shoulder injuries below.

Be sure to find out how a healthy shoulder should function, what a complete exam should involve and how to get shoulder pain relief.  

Healthy Shoulder Function

Our practitioners look at your body as a whole system. We holistically take in to account other possibilities that could be causing your shoulder issues. Knowledgeable Sports and Trigenics® Chiropractors at Motion Health Centre provide a complete approach to effective and long lasting shoulder pain relief, that focuses on the real causes of your pain, not just the symptoms.

Summary of Healthy Shoulder Function

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Common Signs, Symptoms and Causes of Shoulder Pain

At Motion Health Centre, patients with chronic shoulder pain commonly present with the following signs, symptoms and various causes:

Shoulder pain can be a debilitating experience, impacting life significantly, as it affects your ability to move your arms as you normally would. From scratching our backs to throwing a ball; we use our shoulders and surrounding joints for many activities. It’s no wonder shoulder pain can be so irritating.  If you are suffering from shoulder pain, book a thorough examination with one of our experts of the spine and neuro-musculoskeletal system. Our Sports Chiropractors and Trigenics Practitioners at Motion Health Centre will get you active again.

Although common, shoulder pain is often confusing because there are so many different causes. Some of the causes can include; injuries, overuse, strenuous sport training, arthritis, misalignment, or rotation of the shoulder. As there are so many underlying causes, it’s important to have an expert practitioner such as ours at Motion Health Centre – diagnose for the right treatment.

The good news is; for complex shoulder pain, there’s often a simple chiropractic solution!

Signs Your Shoulder is Unhealthy and Not Functioning at Its Best:

  • Poor shoulder mobility
  • Noticing decreased sports performance
  • Feeling that one shoulder is weaker than other.
  • Inability to carry items
  • Shoulder pain that occurs at night
  • Shoulder pain that persists longer than a few days

Symptoms of Shoulder Pain

  • Pain or difficulty when lifting the arm overhead
  • Weakness
  • Swelling or bruising around the joint
  • Throbbing pain
  • Nerve pain with tingling or numbness down arm

Causes of Shoulder Pain

Short term injuries or aches from wear and tear on muscles and joints can both play a part in shoulder pain. Most conditions stem from fractures, dislocation, sprains, tendon inflammation, instability and osteoarthritis. However, often most shoulder issues just creep up over time due to overuse, poor posture, imbalanced muscle patterns and altered nervous system function.

Our Sports Chiropractors and Trigenics® Muscle Neurology Practitioners at Motion Health Centre will help you restore the range and function back in your shoulder – with increased strength and decreased pain.

Common Shoulder Pain Conditions


Shoulder joint conditions refer to a range of medical conditions that affect the shoulder joint and surrounding tissues. These conditions can cause a variety of symptoms including pain, stiffness, swelling, and a decreased range of motion.


Muscle and tendon conditions encompass a broad spectrum of injuries and disorders that can cause pain, inflammation, weakness, or reduced mobility.


Shoulder functional conditions are disorders that significantly limit the regular movement and functionality of the shoulder joint, potentially disrupting normal daily activities.

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Shoulder Anatomy

Skeletal Anatomy of Shoulder

The shoulder is one of the most complex structures of the human body, composed of multiple bones, joints, and connective tissues. Its skeletal anatomy primarily comprises three bones: the clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the humerus (upper arm bone). These three bones come together to form two main joints, providing the shoulder with its wide range of motion.

The first joint is called the acromioclavicular joint (AC joint), formed where the collarbone meets the highest part of the shoulder blade at the acromion process. This joint allows for the raising of the arm above the head. Second is the glenohumeral joint, which is a ball-and-socket type joint where the head of the humerus fits into the rounded socket of the shoulder blade known as the glenoid cavity. This joint is responsible for the majority of the shoulder's complex movements.

Each bone and joint in the shoulder are held together and supported by a network of muscles, tendons and ligaments, which also facilitate movement and provide stability. The rotator cuff is a notable component of this network, comprising four muscles and their tendons, which wrap around the shoulder joint to keep the arm bone centered in the shoulder socket. Understanding the skeletal anatomy of the shoulder is fundamental to diagnosing and treating shoulder conditions effectively.

Muscle Anatomy of Shoulder

Shoulder Conditions

The muscle anatomy of the shoulder is complex and consists of several overlapping and interconnected muscle groups that work together to facilitate a broad range of movements. The main groups include the deltoid muscles, the rotator cuff group, and other muscles that control the scapula, such as the trapezius and the rhomboid muscles.

Among them, the deltoid muscle is the largest and strongest, covering the shoulder joint on three sides and facilitating direct arm movements such as lifting and rotating. This muscle is divided into three sections: the anterior, middle, and posterior, which work in tandem to allow a full range of arm movements. The rotator cuff, on the other hand, is a group of four smaller muscles - the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis - that surround the shoulder joint, stabilizing it and enabling intricate rotational movements.

Lastly, the muscles that control the scapula, predominantly the trapezius and the rhomboid muscles, play a crucial role in their stabilization and movement in conjunction with the arms. These muscles allow actions such as retracting the scapula. Misalignment or dysfunction in these muscles can significantly impair shoulder function and lead to discomfort or pain. Understanding the intricate muscle anatomy of the shoulder is critical in identifying and treating shoulder complications and injuries.

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