If you have shoulder pain because of a fall or sports injury, you should go straight to Accident and Emergency for treatment. If, however, the pain is not through a recent trauma, then you need to see you GP or a physiotherapist – and the quicker you seek treatment, the sooner the problem can be fixed.
The shoulder comprises four interacting joints, a complex combination of structures which requires expert knowledge and skills in order to effectively diagnose and treat the problem. The possible mechanical and pathological problems associated with the shoulder are too numerous to name here, but common complaints include impingement syndromes, rotator cuff tears, labral tears, instability, tendonopathy, arthritis and fractures.
Whatever the cause, early diagnosis and treatment can prevent the problem developing into a chronic condition.