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Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)

A 'frozen' shoulder or adhesive capsulitis can cause severe pain and prevent you moving your shoulder.

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How does the shoulder work?

The main shoulder joint is a ball-and-socket joint, which allows a very wide range of movement. There’s also a smaller joint where the top of the shoulder blade meets the collarbone.

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Shoulder pain

Shoulder pain is a very common problem but it’s not usually a sign of arthritis or any other underlying medical condition. We give details on causes, treatments and self-help tips.

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Shoulder and elbow replacement

Shoulder or elbow joint replacement involve the surfaces of the joint being replaced with parts made of metal and plastic. This operation is sometimes called arthroplasty.

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What treatments are there for shoulder pain?

The shoulder is very prone to problems relating to muscle weakness or imbalance, which happens very quickly in a painful joint. Poor muscle control leads to instability and pain...

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Examination of the shoulder

How to assess the joints of the shoulder

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Shoulder scans

8 video clips demonstrating ultrasound scans of the shoulder joint

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Examination of the shoulder video

A short video demonstrating assessment of the shoulder joints

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Double whammy for steroid injections in shoulder pain

We have previously reported that local steroid injections appear to offer only short-term pain relief in tennis elbow and in the longer term are inferior to physiotherapy interventions. It now seems that the benefits are not extensive in shoulder pain either.

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Shoulder ultrasound training video

Video clip published in conjunction with Topical Reviews Summer 2011

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Exercises to manage shoulder pain

Exercises to stretch, strengthen and stabilise the structures that support your shoulders.

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Managing rotator cuff disorders

Issue 7 (Topical Reviews Series 6) Autumn 2010

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Specific shoulder problems

Shoulder pain may be caused by inflammation of tendons, tears to the muscles or a problem in the neck (referred pain), but may also be related to arthritis or other, more generalised inflammatory conditions.

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