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Shoulder pain

shoulder pain

Shoulder complaints and shoulder pain are the most common after back pain. These complaints are often very annoying because it can hinder you in your daily life. Shoulder complaints often cause pain at the shoulder with sometimes radiation to the arm, shoulder blade or neck. Often moving the arm hurts, but also lying on the shoulder at night.

How can shoulder pain develop?

Shoulder pain can occur after an incident but often the complaints arise gradually. Shoulder pain can be very severe but there need not be any permanent damage or impairment. Usually shoulder pain has to do with the joint itself in combination with the muscles that run around the shoulder joint and the shoulder blade. Often the muscles are not strong or flexible enough to cause problems in the joint. This can result in, for example, an entrapment of the muscles and tendons under the shoulder and the upper arm. Movements are painful and restricted as a result.

Common shoulder pain

  • Frozen shoulder
  • Unstable shoulder
  • Bursitis

Frozen shoulder

A frozen shoulder is a condition in which the shoulder is stiff and painful. Many movements are no longer possible or are very painful. Frozen shoulder is most common in women between the ages of 40 and 70. The cause is not yet known but we know that an inflammation occurs in the joint capsule of the shoulder. Due to the arthritis, the capsule encloses the joint and shrivels and thickens. This causes the movement limitations and pain.
A frozen shoulder is often painful and can be nagging or stabbing. The pain can be continuous or occur in attacks (especially at night) and is usually located on the outside of the shoulder and in the upper arm.

The course of a frozen shoulder complaint

The course of a frozen shoulder consists of three phases:

  • Painful freezingphase: nagging, constant pain, often also present at night and especially bad when lying on the affected shoulder. Ordinary standard painkillers often help little in this phase. The mobility is very slowly becoming less and less. This phase can last from a few weeks to up to 9 months.
  • Stage 2, from 4 to 12 months, the stiffness remains. The only difference in this phase is that the pain gradually decreases.
  • Phase 3, recovery, thawing phase: The pain gradually decreases and the mobility improves. This period can last anywhere from a year to three years.

The course of each phase is very different for each person and that is why the phases are described so broadly in terms of the time each phase can last.

Unstable shoulder

The shoulder is the most unstable joint of the body. To keep the shoulder stable, there is a ring of cartilage in the socket of the shoulder.
In the case of a sudden powerful movement, such as a fall, the shoulder can dislocate. The cartilage ring can then tear in or loose, making the shoulder unstable. The shoulder can dislocate again or almost dislocate.
We also know that in many people the shoulder capsule is a little too loose, which makes the shoulder feel unstable. This can also be a reason for shoulder complaints. The shoulder does not dislocate, but it can produce a clicking noise or a clicking sensation because the shoulder head touches the edge of the socket and then moves back to its normal position.
For people with an unstable shoulder it is important to make the shoulder stronger.


Mucosal bursas are found in various parts of the body. These are a kind of pads in a joint that allow the movements of a joint to go smoothly. It can happen that a bursa becomes inflamed and swollen. This causes it to become trapped while moving a joint. The medical term for bursitis is bursitis.
The most common cause of bursitis is overloading the joint. Sometimes an infection is the cause. People over the age of 30 have a greater chance of bursitis than younger people. Bursitis usually occurs in the elbow, shoulder and knee.
Besides pain, you will notice that the joint is stiffer than normal. You can often move less well. Sometimes you may see or feel swelling and the joint may also feel warmer. Bursitis often occurs in combination with tendonitis.

Why Massage Practice Koetsier?

Massage Practice Koetsier has already achieved several good results in solving or drastically relieving shoulder pain complaints. Through a combination of various massage techniques, you will feel a relief after just one or two treatments.