Why does a bad shoulder seem to last forever?
Shoulder pain is something that feels like it hangs around forever, often causing significant restriction to your daily tasks, and even impacting your sleep to make you feel even more miserable.
Your shoulder joint relies heavily on its static restraints such as ligaments, the glenoid labrum and capsule, as well as the ever-important dynamic stabilisers (especially the rotator cuff muscles) to provide stability.
Injuries to your shoulder tend to occur when this stabilising system fails, resulting in abnormal loading of your joint causing pain and inflammation
Does shoulder pain mean the joint is damaged?
- Shoulders can be noisy, but this is not a sign of damage.
- Rotator cuff tears do not always correlate with shoulder pain and dysfunction
- Sometimes problems in other parts of the body are the source of the pain, which then radiates to your shoulder. This can happen with certain neck problems, including arthritis.
What are the Common Shoulder Injuries we see?
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
- Post -operative recovery
How can Physiotherapy help?
To reduce recovery time and prevent re-occurrences of your injury in the future, it is very important to diagnose and rehabilitate your shoulder from the onset of the injury.
Here at Lilyfield Physio, we will diagnose the cause of your pain and establish whether you need an X-Ray or scan for further diagnosis.
Short-term, our aim is to help settle your pain and get you moving more comfortably using techniques such as taping, soft tissue therapy, dry needling and shockwave therapy.
Longer-term, our focus is to strengthen the shoulder muscles to successfully perform your day to day functional and sporting activities. Your shoulder must be mobile enough for the wide range movements of the arms such as throwing and reaching, but stable enough to allow you to perform lifting, pushing, and pulling actions.
Please contact us for an assessment of your shoulder pain