Physiotherapy For Shoulder Pain

shoulder pain being treated at physiotherapy clinic

Are you experiencing acute or chronic shoulder pain that is affecting your ability to engage with everyday activities such as getting dressed, driving or even finding a comfortable position to sleep?

At Proactive Physiotherapy, we always begin with an assessment of the cause of your shoulder pain so we can tailor the best physiotherapy treatment for your shoulder pain.

What are the causes of shoulder pain?

The most common causes of shoulder pain are:

Bursitis – This occurs when the small fluid-filled sacs in your shoulder joints become inflamed, resulting in swelling and pain.

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis – Your rotator cuff is the group of muscles that hold your arm into your shoulder socket and it can become painful and weak due to repetitive tasks in awkward or challenging positions, degenerative changes or excessive overload.

Rotator Cuff Tendon Tears – Rotator cuff tendons can either partially or fully tear from acute injuries or degenerative changes from age or overuse.

Shoulder Instability – Occurs when the head of your upper arm bone is forced out of the shoulder socket as a result of a sudden injury, such as a fall or accident. Once the ligaments, tendons and muscles around the shoulder joint have torn and loosened, dislocations can keep occurring.

Arthritis – Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis seen in the shoulder joint and it is usually caused by wear and tear.

Frozen Shoulder – Caused by ongoing reduced mobility or if you’ve had to immobilise your shoulder for a long period, such as after surgery or an arm fracture. Frozen shoulder gradually deteriorates until your shoulder movement is extremely limited.

Symptoms of shoulder pain

Get in touch with our physiotherapists if you experience any of the following symptoms of shoulder pain:

  • Sharp pain or a dull ache in or around your shoulder
  • A ‘popping’ or a ‘cracking’ sound when you move your shoulder joint
  • A feeling of instability (subluxation) around your shoulder, especially if your shoulder pops out and back in again.
  • Pins and needles, numbness or altered sensations in your hand or upper limbs
  • Pain radiating up into the neck or upper back region
  • Weakness around your shoulder that causes an inability to complete physical activities

Proactive Physiotherapy Treatment For Shoulder Pain

Identifying and diagnosing the likely cause of your shoulder pain is the first step in reducing pain and rehabilitation of shoulder pain.

Our physiotherapists will begin by asking a range of questions about the location and type of pain, the mechanism of your injury and what makes your symptoms better or worse. Following this assessment, we’ll perform safe and noninvasive flexibility and strength tests to identify where the symptoms are felt.

We’ll then develop an individualised treatment plan to reduce your pain and return you to your normal range of shoulder movement and activity as quickly as possible. This strengthening and rehabilitation program will also help to prevent further shoulder injury.

Our physiotherapists may use all or a combination of protection, rest, treatment, joint mobilisation, soft tissue treatment, taping, dry needling techniques and gentle exercises to ensure recovery and relief from your shoulder pain.

Get relief from your shoulder pain with our expert team of physiotherapists at Proactive Physiotherapy.

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