The shoulder joint has the complexity of balancing mobility, to provide the upper limb the range of movement to place our hands where we require for function, and stability, transferring power to the upper extremity from the core and absorbing force back.

This dual role is achieved by dynamic anatomical and biomechanical factors, all of which are subject to injury at a higher rate of incidence in our daily lives than those in other joints.

Marked progression in research has augmented our understanding of anatomy and pathogenesis, altering techniques of examination for diagnosis, conservative and surgical treatment techniques.

We have united these latest research findings with current medical practice in one, easy to use format, that describes all aspects of shoulder pain, how to diagnose it accurately and how to relieve it, ranging through from medication to surgery.

This website discusses and illustrates a range of common shoulder conditions. I have aimed to simplify the basic concepts and present them in an easy to read form: avoiding complicated medical terminology whenever possible; particularly within the ‘patient’ sections.

I hope it will help to clarify and illustrate some common shoulder problems and be found useful to help patients understand the basic principles of these conditions and of the treatment options, and what to expect from such treatment options, including surgery, recovery time frame and ultimate outcome.

There are separate sections for interested patients and for medical professionals. Patients can gain additional knowledge about their condition by looking through the professional’s section. Within the professional’s section, detailed post operative rehabilitation protocols, with illustrated exercises, can be found. These can be downloaded or printed.

There are helpful, practical hints on how to manage a painful shoulder before and after surgery as well as thorough explanations about treatments available.