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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Why does my shoulder hurt at night?

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    I have had some trouble lately with shoulder pain waking me up through the night, what could be causing this?
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    Dr Mark Ridhalgh

    Orthopaedic Surgeon

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    This can be for many reasons when people have injuries they can commonly have pain that hurts in the shoulder which hurts them at night. The pain can be felt down the arm towards the elbow and can be associated with tingling. In general a younger patient will tend to have problems with instability. i.e the shoulder pain occurs after the shoulder come out of joint or nearly come out of joint. As we mature it is more likely that the pain at night is due to a tear in the tendons around the shoulder joint such as the rotator cuff. Finally pain in the shoulder at night when we are older is generally related to arthritis of the shoulder. These conditions are sometimes easily treatment with therapy or injection but at other times may need more extensive treatment

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    David Smith

    Bowen Therapist, Kinesiologist

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    Having pain in the shoulder at night whilst can be due to many factors, in my experience over 17 years working with people, the muscles under the scapula called the subscapularis  are compromised and create a reactive muscle pattern that can cause pain, tingling in the arm, numbness down the arm and and general discomfort across the neck and shoulders also.  This is triggered by lying on the side of the symptomatic shoulder whilst sleeping.

    Unwinding the reactive muscle patterns in the shoulder, which also needs cranial(skull), neck and back also muscle/skeletal patterns harmonise will bring relief to this type off night time issue.

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