Shoulder complaints

A painful shoulder can mean a serious inhibition during your daily life. Activities that would normally be entirely natural can become very painful and it will also inhibit your sleep. Considering the impact of shoulder complaints, it goes without saying that you want to get rid of them as soon as possible.

Working at Jan van Goyen Medical Center experienced physiotherapists and orthopedists to help you get rid of your complaints. Our specialists have extensive experience in treating shoulder complaints. In consultation with you, we draw up a personal treatment plan to effectively treat your complaints.

Treatment at Medical Center Jan van Goyen

Short waiting times. We will help you quickly;
You always meet the same doctor. He or she will create a personal, tailor-made treatment plan for you;
We are a subsidiary of OLVG. Our doctors work closely with the doctors in OLVG. This way we can offer you care at the highest level.

The treatment process

Shoulder complaints process at the orthopedics department of Jan van Goyen Medical Center

What are shoulder complaints for which you are referred to the orthopedics department?

The shoulder is one of the most complex and mobile joints in the human body. The shoulder joint consists of three bones: the scapula (scapula), the collarbone (clavicle) and the upper arm (humerus). Because the shoulder is a complex joint, you may experience different types of complaints. Below you will find which shoulder complaints you can be referred to our orthopedics outpatient clinic.


Impingement is a condition in which soft tissues, such as tendons or bursae, become trapped between bone structures in the body. This leads to inflammation, pain and in some cases reduced function. In the case of the shoulder, impingement can occur when the rotator cuff muscles and tendons become pinched between the roof of the shoulder and the head of the upper arm during movement of the arm.

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Impingement can result in pain when raising the arm, weakness and limitations in the range of motion of the shoulder. Our orthopedics clinic is the right place for the diagnosis and treatment of impingement. You can contact us for your first consultation at short notice.

Shoulder instability

Looseness or instability in the shoulder can sometimes be experienced as a feeling that the shoulder can come out of socket. Depending on the severity of the instability, it will be determined whether your complaints require surgical or non-operative treatment.

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After a diagnosis, the orthopedist will tell you exactly which treatment offers the best solution in your situation. At Medical Center Jan van Goyen, waiting times are generally very short. We will help you quickly; even if your complaints require surgical treatment.


Osteoarthritis is degenerative wear and tear of the cartilage in the shoulder. Osteoarthritis is characterized by pain, stiffness and reduced function of the shoulder. Osteoarthritis usually only develops at a later age.

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Osteoarthritis is a common cause of shoulder complaints later in life. If your GP suspects that you have osteoarthritis, he or she will refer you. The orthopedist will then examine you and draw up a tailor-made treatment plan for you.

Torn tendons or ligaments

Trauma or overuse can cause tears in the tendons or ligaments around the shoulder. This is usually accompanied by pain, weakness and limitations in the function of the shoulder.

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You can visit our shoulder clinic for both diagnosis and treatment of torn tendons or ligaments.


The frozen shoulder (Dutch: frozen shoulder) is a condition in which the shoulder becomes stiff and range of motion gradually decreases. This is often accompanied by pain and inflammation in the shoulder.

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In the case of a frozen shoulder, it is difficult to move the shoulder optimally without pain. There is a good chance that your GP will refer you to an orthopedist.

Rotator cuff injuries

The group of muscles and tendons that stabilize the shoulder and allows movement is called the rotator cuff. Injuries to the rotator cuff can lead to weakness, pain and reduced function of the shoulder.

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Your doctor will refer you if he or she suspects that there is a rotator cuff injury. You can contact us at very short notice for an examination and associated treatment.

Shoulder pain

Shoulder pain can range from mild to severe. The pain may be constant or occur with certain movements. This is not only annoying, but also hinders you in your daily activities.

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Depending on the degree of pain, your GP may decide to refer you to our orthopedics department. However, not all pain complaints will be referred as standard. In some cases you will first be referred to another specialist.

Limited freedom of movement

If there is limited freedom of movement, you will have difficulty moving the shoulder in all directions. This includes lifting the arm above the head, moving the arm backwards or rotating the arm in and out.

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In many cases you have come to the right place with our orthopedists if you have limited freedom of movement in the shoulder. However, the GP will determine whether you will be referred to an orthopedist. Your GP may first refer you to another specialist, such as a physiotherapist.

Snapping or cracking sounds when moving the shoulder

When you move your shoulder, you may hear cracking, popping, or grinding sounds, which may be accompanied by pain.

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If these types of sounds occur when moving the shoulder, your doctor may refer you to us. Our specialist will investigate the cause and offer you a tailor-made treatment plan.

Common shoulder complaints

Shoulder complaints information

Age plays an important role in the development of shoulder complaints. Shoulder complaints often arise at a young age as a result of sports. These complaints are then associated with a form of instability in the shoulder. Irritated tendons are the main cause of shoulder complaints later in life. As you get older, the amount of cartilage in your joint continues to decrease. This is called arthrosis.

Osteoarthritis can make moving your shoulder very painful. The precise cause of your shoulder complaints may differ per condition. The most common shoulder complaints are:


The labrum is a fibrocartilaginous ring around the glenoid cavity which ensures a better attachment between the cavity and the ball of the shoulder. A trauma to the shoulder can cause the labrum to become stuck between the ball of the shoulder and the glenoid cavity. This can result in a torn labrum. As there are also a number of other tendons attached to the labrum, it will also result in additional instability in the shoulder joint. The most important symptoms of a torn labrum is pain when moving the head, a feeling of instability in the shoulder, or a reduced reach.


The rotator cuff consists of four shoulder muscles of which the tendons are located around the ball of the shoulder. These muscles are essential for the rotational movements and lifting of the arm. Complaints of the rotator cuff tendons can be caused in two ways: the tendons can get irritated due to wear or rupture as a result of a sudden trauma such as a fall or punch. Both the irritation and a rupture will cause pain that can keep you awake at night and which gets worse when you move the shoulder joint. This pain can also radiate to your neck, upper arm, or hand.


The biceps is the long muscle in the upper arm that is responsible for bending the elbow. This muscle is attached to the shoulder joint by two tendons. The long biceps tendon runs through the front of the shoulder through a groove in the bone of the upper arm. To keep the tendon in place, there is tissue over the groove. When this tissue tears, the biceps tendon can slip out of the groove and cause complaints.

Another possible cause of shoulder complaints is the tearing of the biceps tendon. This often happens with a sudden blow, such as a fall. Complaints of the long biceps tendon are often manifested by pain in the front of the shoulder that worsens when the joint is moved. When the tendon tears, a noticeable bump occurs on the front of the upper arm.


Osteoarthritis in the shoulder joint occurs when the cartilage in your shoulder joint begins to wear out. This can be caused by old age and osteoarthritis therefore often occurs later in life. The cartilage wears away and the underlying bone becomes exposed.

Arthrosis or osteoarthritis can also be caused by an infection in the joint or a bone fracture that affects the cartilage. One of the symptoms of osteoarthritis is shoulder pain that increases when you move the shoulder joint.


A stiff shoulder, too 'frozen shoulder' This is the thickening and shrinking of the joint capsule in the shoulder. The exact cause of a 'frozen shoulder' is not yet known, but we do know that it has to do with inflammation in the joint. This causes the joint capsule to thicken. This makes it difficult to move the shoulder optimally without pain. A frozen shoulder can also develop after surgery, causing the scar tissue to thicken. More information about the frozen shoulder can be found in this brochure.

The treatment of shoulder complaints

The treatment of your shoulder complaints depends on the type of condition in your shoulder. To determine this, x-rays are first taken, if necessary. You will then be further examined during the intake with the physiotherapist. The results of this examination are then discussed with the orthopedist. In a second consultation they will discuss the treatment options with you. If it turns out that physiotherapy is the treatment method that suits you best, you can choose to be treated in a practice of your choice. Do you need surgery or an MRI? Then you can visit it at short notice Jan van Goyen Medical Center.

Complaints in your shoulder?

Our team is happy to help you relieve your pain and improve your mobility.

  • Short waiting times
  • You always meet the same doctor
  • Close cooperation with OLVG

Do you have questions about the treatment of shoulder complaints or would you like to make an appointment immediately? Please contact us by calling 020 305 5817 or fill in the contact form. Do you already have a referral? Then we can help you at short notice.

Our team of medical specialists is happy to help you get rid of your complaints.

Orthopedics treatments at Jan van Goyen Medical Center

Are you experiencing shoulder complaints?

Our team of orthopedic surgeons and physiotherapists are happy to help you relieve your pain and improve your mobility. Treatment in our medical center has several advantages.

✓ Short waiting times

On average, you can contact us for your first consultation within 1 week. We believe it is important that you do not suffer from complaints for an unnecessarily long time. We therefore do our best to ensure that your first consultation takes place as quickly as possible. You can then also contact us for treatment at very short notice.

✓ Close collaboration with OLVG

Our doctors work closely with OLVG doctors, because we are a subsidiary of OLVG. This collaboration allows us to always offer you care at the highest level.

✓ You always see the same doctor

We strive to have every appointment with the same doctor. He or she will create a personal treatment plan tailored to you.

✓ Reimbursed by your health insurer

Jan van Goyen Medical Center collaborates with OLVG and has agreements with almost all health insurers. Most of the treatments we perform are reimbursed by your health insurer. However, we advise you to check with your insurance company in advance whether treatment will be reimbursed. To be eligible for reimbursement, you always need a referral from your doctor or GP.

Book an appointment

If your GP refers you to our medical centre, we will contact you to make an appointment. You can also schedule your appointment yourself via this form. Have your Zorgdomein (ZD) number at hand. You will find this on the letter or confirmation you received from Zorgdomein.

Do you have any questions or requests? Please contact us by telephone at 020 305 58 17.

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Patient speaking

”Dr. Van den Bekerom and his team helped me tremendously with the procedure on my shoulder. I had confidence in the doctor and found the treatment very efficient. My wife, who waited in the waiting room for a number of hours, was also treated very attentively.” —Cor Hagers, Amsterdam

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