Does Your Shoulder Snap, Crackle or Pop?

Your shoulder is a highly mobile, technical and complex yet efficient machine. Most of us are blissfully unaware of this, thank god. I’m guessing then that the only reason you’d be reading this post is because you’re concerned that something is now wrong with yours? A shoulder dislocation that tears the soft tissue labrum or fractures the bony glenoid socket as a result, is a common reason for recurrent shoulder pain. Have you heard or felt your shoulder painfully snap, crackle and pop out of place? You May Have An Uncontrolled Shoulder Joint? This picture demonstrates a shoulder that is … Continue reading

Spring Into Summer Safely – Get Your Shoulder Health Check Today

Disorders of the shoulder are extremely common. Some research suggests up to 50% of the population experience at least one shoulder pain episode annually. What’s more concerning is the fact that shoulder dysfunction is often persistent and recurrent, with 54% of sufferers reporting ongoing symptoms after 3 years (Lewis, 2009) From my experience the peak season for shoulder injuries is NOW, spring soon becomes summer and we’re all out there literally busting our guts to get fit, to look sexy or at least somewhat desirable and to feel good about ourselves once more after the short winter hiatus. The sad … Continue reading

Is Your Subacromial Bursitis Keeping You Up At Night?

Subacromial (shoulder) bursitis is a common reason for shoulder pain and often associated with other shoulder pathology e.g. rotator cuff tendinopathy, subacromial impingement and shoulder instability. Put simply, bursitis is inflammation of a bursa. There are approximately 8-12 bursa in and around the shoulder with the subacromial, sub-deltoid, subcoracoid and subscapular bursae being the most commonly irritated and referred to in the literature. The normal function of the bursae is to act like the oil in the engine of your car; lubricating and protecting moving parts. Usually we are blissfully unaware of their existence (the oil and the bursa) until … Continue reading

Shoulder Pain Changes The Way You Think, Act and Move

Shoulder Pain Does Indeed Change Everything.   Remember how you first felt when you realised that something was wrong with your shoulder…when it really hurt? If it was anything like my personal experience you may have ignored it at first, trying to naturally down play it. But when pain persisted you may of become quite concerned and even felt vulnerable. “How could this have happened to me?” In time, your frustration of a lack of progress builds and the thought of a life with persistent shoulder pain begins to consume your every thought. By now your physical disability and shoulder … Continue reading

Are You Getting Enough?

Sleep…I Mean. Shoulder pain can often cause you to have a disrupted and uncomfortable nights sleep, leading to fatigue, stress and anxiety about what is going on. In my experience, night time shoulder pain is common among those with bursitis and rotator cuff tendinopathy. There also seems to be some relationship between night pain and the overall severity of symptoms. It is often reported by my patients as an unrelenting night time ache, making lying on the affected side impossible without sleep disturbance. Would You Like To Get More? In this ABC interview you can listen to Dr Roger Allan … Continue reading