The Back and Body Clinic | Specialist Physiotherapy Northampton

Shoulder pain is fairly common with 3 in 10 adults being affected. The shoulder is made up of the Humerus (arm bone), scapula (shoulder blade) and clavicle (collar bone). There are three main joints, with ligaments, cartilage (labrum) and muscles (rotator cuff muscles). All of these structures have the potential to give shoulder pain, however, the treatment is different in each case.

Common causes of Shoulder Pain

Impingement Syndrome / Sub-Acromial Bursitis

Impingement is when the rotator cuff tendons and bursa are pinched. Click Here to read more

Frozen Shoulder / Adhesive Capsulitis

This is a condition where the capsule of the shoulder joint becomes inflamed. Click Here to read more.

Rotator Cuff Injury

The rotator cuff is a group of tendons that connects the four muscles of the upper shoulder to the bones. Click Here to read more.

Shoulder Dislocation

Shoulder dislocation can occur traumatically or without trauma. Click Here to read more.

Acromioclavicular joint pain

The ACJ is the joint between the collar bone (Clavicle) and the outside of the shoulder blade (Acromion). Click Here to read more.

Referred Pain / Nerve Pain

The nerves that supply your arms leave the spinal cord via small holes between the vertebra either side of the spine. Click Here to read more.


Shoulder pain can become a long term problem with 50% of people having symptoms at 18 months. Correct diagnosis is of paramount importance as shoulder pain can be a symptom of numerous disorders including neck, diaphragm and heart problems.

At The Back & Body Clinic we are very experienced in assessing shoulders and we understand the importance of accurate diagnosis. Through a skilled clinical assessment we will be able to clearly diagnose the structures at fault and design your treatment plan accordingly. We will also be able to give you a clear indication on timescales and prognosis.