Why is the shoulder commonly injured?
The shoulder sacrifices its stability for a high degree of flexibility and as a result is more prone to injuries than other joint of the body. This flexibility in the shoulder is so that the arm can manoeuvre the greatest tool the body has – the hand.
The nerves that supply the shoulder and arm originate from the neck and upper spine and as a result any cervical dysfunction can also contribute to pain in the shoulder.
What causes shoulder pain?
There are many structures in the shoulder that can cause pain such as the joint capsule, ligaments, and cartilage (labrum) but by far the most common source of pain is from the rotator cuff tendons and the subacromial bursa.
What shoulder problems do physiotherapists treat?
PPS Physiotherapists can assist you with the following shoulder conditions:
Shoulder Ligament sprains (Subluxations)
Rotator Cuff Injuries such as tears and strains
Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
Chronic Shoulder Pain and Stiffness
Shoulder and Neck Muscle Spasm
Arthritis of the Shoulder
How will your Physiotherapist determine the cause of your pain?
In order to determine the cause of your pain, your PPS Physiotherapist will conduct a full physical and neurological examination of the shoulder, cervical and thoracic spine.
You will be asked to perform shoulder range of motion and muscle strength tests. The site of your pain, both at rest and during specific movements of the shoulder, provides important clues as to the cause of your shoulder pain.
It may also be necessary to undergo specialized diagnostic tests such as X-Ray, Ultrasound and/or MRI scans.
What treatment methods do physiotherapists use?
The initial objective of all shoulder injuries is to relieve pain and inflammation. Whilst many doctors will recommend non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve pain and swelling, the benefit obtained by applying ice-packs can be equally, if not more beneficial.
As your shoulder begins to heal, it is vitally important to restore range of movement, and later to improve muscle strength so as to stabilize the shoulder and help prevent further injury and aggravation.
Your PPS Physiotherapist will be able to assist you with appropriate shoulder strengthening and range of motion exercises.
Please contact us for your comprehensive shoulder assessment. We look forward to hearing from you!