Shoulder conditions are a common musculoskeletal complaint that affect a range of people from the active and working to the retired, impacting on the quality of life. The life time prevalence of shoulder pain requiring treatment is up to 70%. Recovery can take time and affects daily activities as well as sleep, with recurrent problems affecting 1 in 4 individuals.

B-CORE researchers have investigated shoulder conditions over a long period, ranging from sports injuries, pain without injury (such as frozen shoulder), trauma affecting the shoulder, to degenerative problems affecting the rotator and the joint itself. Particular areas of current interest include the pathways causing frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) and rotator cuff tendon wear and the outcomes of joint replacement surgery for end stage arthritis and trauma.