Physiotherapy for Shoulder and Arm Pain
We provide physiotherapy for shoulder pain, stiffness, weakness and loss of mobility and it is by far the most commonly treated joint at Metro Physio.
We therefore have a wealth and depth of knowledge of shoulder rehabilitation so, if you are suffering with any of these symptoms early diagnosis and physiotherapy treatment will help you achieve the best results.
We will identify during your initial assessment the cause of your shoulder pain and advise the most appropriate course of action.
The earlier you seek physiotherapy for shoulder pain the better the outcome and it will be achieved more quickly.
The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the whole body but is quite a complex joint as it also encompasses the shoulder girdle.
The shoulder joint is made up of the long bone of the upper arm (humerus) and glenoid surface of the scapula (shoulder blade). The shoulder girdle is made up of the scapula and clavicle (collar bone) the inner joint being called the sternoclavicular joint and outer being called the acromioclavicular joint. It is also an unusual joint as the stability is from the surrounding stabilising muscles rather than ligaments and the capsule.
What are the causes of my shoulder pain?
Shoulder pain can be caused by several factors such as weakness or imbalance of the stabilising muscles, poor neck or shoulder posture, lifting awkwardly, age related degenerative changes, working with an outstretched arm, repetitive overhead lifting, workstations that are set up incorrectly and of course trauma.
What are common arm and shoulder injuries?
The most common shoulder injuries include; shoulder impingement syndrome, bursitis, rotator cuff tendonitis, adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder), acromio-clavicular joint dysfunction and muscle tears such as the Biceps Brachii, although there are many more conditions as it is such a complex joint. It is also important to rule out the neck as a source of shoulder pain. For more details about some of the most common shoulder injuries please click on the name of the condition below.
Can physiotherapy help to relieve frozen shoulder?
Physiotherapy can be an incredibly effective treatment for frozen shoulder and it is dramatically the case that the earlier you seek treatment the more effective and quick the results will be for this condition.
Can a rotator cuff tear heal on its own?
Yes a rotator cuff tear can heal on its own but it depends on the severity of the tear and if the individual avoids the movements and positions that could lead to further tearing or delayed healing. It is therefore wise to have an assessment to ensure you gain the correct diagnosis, advice and treatment to achieve the best outcome.
When will physiotherapy not be an appropriate treatment?
Physiotherapy is not appropriate for very severe frozen shoulder or bursitis where the pain radiates to the hand and keeps you awake at night. It may also not appropriate if you have significant trauma that first requires surgical intervention.
Will surgery to help my arm and shoulder injury be likely?
It is rare that physiotherapy does not resolve the majority of shoulder problems and the next stage is usually injection therapy. It is therefore very rare to require surgery though on saying this it is one of the more common areas to undergo surgical intervention.
After spinal injuries, the shoulder complex is the most commonly injured area of the body and our Physiotherapists have a significant amount of experience assessing, diagnosing and treating injuries in this region. We not only focus on the injured tissue, but also address the underlying issues that may have led to the injury in the first place
If you are unsure which condition you have and whether physiotherapy can help you, or you would just like to speak to somebody about your condition then please get in touch.