Shoulder pain when throwing?

Throwing with Shoulder Pain?

Do you experience pain when throwing? Whether this is sports related or just simply throwing the ball for your dog or with your kids, you could benefit from seeing a physiotherapist.

Pain with throwing activities could be due to any of the following (or a combination):

  • Shoulder impingement (tendons being squished)
  • Bursitis (inflammation in the joint)
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle tightness/movement restriction
  • Torn muscles or irritated tendon
  • Poor throwing mechanics
  •  Stiffness in thoracic spine (especially rotation)

Shoulder pain is a very common problem that we all experience at different times throughout our lives. The shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint which allows movement in all directions, therefore increasing the likelihood of injury if not looked after. The shoulder requires a lot of stability to ensure it functions properly and reduce injury. It is important that we listen to our body when we are in pain, as it is telling us something is wrong. Left untreated, this could mean you are unable to throw the ball at all because the pain has become excruciating. Addressing the underlying causes will allow you to reduce the pain and improve overall function of your shoulder.


By ignoring the pain in your shoulder, increases the likelihood of this becoming a bigger problem. By seeing a physiotherapist, they will be able to identify the most probable cause and address this appropriately.

If you need to check your shoulder pain, please contact 07 4053 6222 to make an appointment.