Since we use and raise our hands almost all of the time, we sometimes don’t notice how much pressure and force we put into them. Not to mention, most of us spend our days in front of our computers typing, ultimately straining our shoulders. Shoulder pain gradually develops over time and is typically caused by a mechanical issue in the shoulder. These shoulder injuries can include rotator cuff injuries, AC joint injuries, shoulder dislocations, and more.

The pain can bother us significantly and can affect the way we do our daily tasks.

Before taking a look at how physiotherapy can help, it’s important to understand the common injuries and causes of shoulder pain!

  • Rotator Cuff – The Rotator Cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint; Supraspinatus, subscapularis, teres minor, and infraspinatus. These muscles work together to keep your arm’s bone centred and inside the socket while using your arm. If you sustain an injury in one or more of your rotator cuff muscles and tendons, then your shoulder’s functionality will be affected and can cause pain! With the aid of a chartered physiotherapist, you can train the opposite shoulder muscles to increase their workload to take out the pressure in the area, allowing you to experience pain-free activities.
  • Frozen Shoulder – This causes stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint making it difficult to move! It occurs when the tissue around the joint becomes inflamed.
    The tissue then gets tighter and becomes smaller, which causes pain.
Dealing With Shoulder Pain

Frozen shoulder can happen if (but not only):

  • You have had an injury or surgery that keeps you from moving your arm like you usually would
  • You have diabetes – it’s still unclear why this is but it’s important to have your regular diabetes check-ups to catch any problems early

Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

  • The tendons of the rotator cuff can become trapped and compressed when moving the shoulder. This is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain and often happens when your arm bone moves up in the socket. This movement pinches the structure at the top of the socket, making you feel a sharp pain.

Shoulder Dislocation: People who live an active lifestyle are susceptible to shoulder dislocations. This happens when the structures around your shoulder are bruised and stretch, and require full recovery and treatment to help support the joint. With that, seeing a chartered physiotherapist is an integral part of the treatment to help facilitate recovery.

Shoulder Arthritis: arthritis can happen as we age, in the shoulders as well as other areas. Physiotherapy can help minimize pain and improve your shoulder’s functions. Sourcing help early on can delay major surgery and prevent more shoulder issues.

If you are suffering with shoulder pain, it’s a good idea not to wait while it persists or worsens. Chartered Physiotherapists offer effective treatment options and exercises to help you find relief again and get back to what you like to do. Contact us today to discuss a consultation on 071-96 71533/ 0876905588. We would be delighted to speak with you!