Shoulder pain is very common and can be particularly problematic because of how much we depend on our shoulders in everything we do in day to day life.
Shoulder pain can come from a wide range of sources, and can be described as acute or chronic. Acute shoulder injuries are normally caused by a direct or definable injury including:
- A strain from heavy lifting,
- Sudden unexpected shoulder movement, or
- Movement of the joint outside of its normal range (dislocation or subluxation)
Chronic shoulder injuries on the other hand can be caused by:
- An untreated acute injury
- Wear and tear on the shoulder joint and structures from use
- Or just gets worse over time without a definable cause, injuries tend to get gradually worse over weeks to months
How can I prevent shoulder pain?
Due to the nature of the shoulder joint and its surrounding structures and musculature, small changes in the biomechanics of the shoulder caused by poor posture, weakened muscles or muscle imbalances can increase your chances of developing shoulder pain.
To prevent the development of shoulder pain, our Physiotherapists recommend:
- Ensuring you practice good shoulder and upper back posture – no slumping!
- If you use the gym or exercise, ensure that you practice good technique with arm/shoulder exercises
- Ensure that you maintain a good level of strength in your shoulders and upper back – Thera-band exercises are an easy way of maintaining your strength at home without having to join the gym
- Warm up and stretch well before any activities
I have shoulder pain - what's the next step?
Seek assessment and treatment with an Artius Physiotherapist!
Physiotherapists are highly skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder pain and will spend the time to perform a full examination to ensure that they have a full and clear understanding of the underlying cause of your shoulder pain.
This assessment may include:
- Your posture
- Your active and/or passive range of motion
- Muscle tone and joint mobility through palpation of your shoulder, neck and back
- Nerve mobility testing through the neck and arm
- Muscle strength
We are very passionate about ensuring that the treatment we provide aligns with the most recent evidence available so that you get the best outcome for your shoulder. Our Physiotherapists know that all shoulders are different, and always provide tailored treatment programs for all their clients in the management of their shoulders to ensure that both the pain and the cause of the pain are being fixed. Treatment provided may include joint mobilisation, soft tissue massage, stretching, strengthening exercises and/or taping.
If you would like to speak to someone or organise an appointment with one of our experienced Physiotherapists to help you assess, treat, manage and/or prevent shoulder pain, contact us today.