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Shoulder Pain

Are you experiencing any of the following?

  • Pain in your shoulder
  • Stiffness in your shoulder
  • Instability in the shoulder
  • Difficulty raising your arm
  • Difficulty performing overhead activities
  • Difficulty lifting objects due to shoulder pain
  • Pain when lying on affected shoulder
  • Pain in the shoulder when swimming, throwing, painting
  • Swelling around the shoulder or arm

The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the human body, however it lacks structural stability. Hence shoulder injuries are commonly seen. Fortunately, shoulder injuries have good outcomes with physiotherapy treatment and rehabilitation. If you are experiencing problems with your shoulder, seek treatment and rehabilitation early as the longer you take to begin rehabilitation, the longer it will take to get better.

Common conditions we treat include:

  • Acromio-clavicular joint sprain
  • Arthritis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Pre or post shoulder surgery rehabilitation
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Rotator cuff tendinopathy
  • Shoulder bursitis
  • Shoulder dislocation or instability
  • Shoulder fractures

Causes

Acute shoulder injuries can result from a fall on the side of the shoulder or on an outstretched arm. It is common in contact sports such as football and rugby.

Painters, power lifters, new gym goers, bowlers, swimmers, tennis players frequently experience shoulder pain. Shoulder injuries commonly occur due to unaccustomed, repeated or sustained overhead activity, which places a lot of strain on the shoulder. As the shoulder is a very mobile joint, muscles around your shoulder play a crucial role in maintaining stability of the joint. If your shoulder muscles are not working as well as they should, they can contribute to shoulder pain (sub-optimal scapula kinematics).

Your physiotherapist at Body Rhythm Physiotherapy will carry out a thorough assessment to establish an accurate diagnosis for the cause of your shoulder pain and get you started with treatment on day one.

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Treatment

Once a diagnosis is established, we will provide you with the correct advice, education and hands on treatment to assist you in your treatment of your shoulder pain.

We offer a range of treatment options depending on your particular complaint and goals, consisting of:

  • Shoulder motor control re-training
  • Muscle/soft tissue therapy – Trigger point release, myofascial release, massage
  • Dry needling/Acupuncture
  • Joint mobilisation
  • Joint manipulation
  • Taping
  • Ergonomic advice
  • Rehabilitation, strengthening and education programs
  • Postural improvements
  • Pilates

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