Osteocare: Treatment

Neck and Shoulder Pain

The neck is very mobile, which means it is less stable than other areas of the body and prone to injury. Trauma such as whiplash, poor posture and degenerative diseases, such as arthritis, are the most common causes of neck pain.

The shoulder is a ball and socket joint with a large range of movement. Once again, a mobile joint tends to be more susceptible to injury. The shoulder joint relies heavily on the shoulder muscles for stability. Any dysfunction of these muscles or other anatomical structures such as the collar bone, shoulder blade or joint itself can cause pain and mobility problems. Some conditions that commonly cause shoulder pain include muscular strains, tendonitis, shoulder instability, dislocation, “frozen shoulder” and pinched nerves.


Diagnosing the cause of neck or shoulder pain involves assessing the degree of movement, strength in the muscles, performing appropriate orthopedic tests and possibly ordering an x-ray, CT scan and/or ultrasound, if appropriate.

Treatment depends on the cause, but may include:

  • Soft tissue massage to release tight muscles
  • Stretching to muscles and other soft tissue structures
  • Articulation or manipulation of the joint
  • Specific exercise programs
  • Information on how to correct postural problems
  • Both neck and shoulder pain can be successfully treated with Osteopathy.

Neck and Shoulder Pain

Suffering from neck or shoulder pain?

For professional advice or to make
an appointment call Osteocare on
3256 6156

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