Common shoulder problems include the following
Impingement Syndrome – When the rotator cuff tendons become pinched in the joint due to narrowing of the joint space; this is commonly due to either inflammation or arthritic changes.
Muscle Strain – Can occur in the upper shoulder muscles such as the upper trapezius or in the deltoid muscle at the side of the shoulder. Often caused from doing activities you are not used to doing, painting, gardening, moving house etcIf symptoms persist or worsen it is advised to visit your Physiotherapist to further assess your shoulder problem.Treatment Options for Shoulder Injuries
The type of Physiotherapy treatments that you will receive depends on the specific condition that you have and whether you’ve undergone surgery or not. In addition, your Physiotherapist will likely ask about your goals for rehabilitation.
Treatments for shoulder injuries may be composed of a combination of any of the following:
- Immobilisation (splinting/bandaging)
- Dry Needling
- Soft tissue mobilisation (massage)
- Shoulder joint mobilisation
- Range of motion exercises
- Stretching or flexibility exercises
- General conditioning exercises
- Shoulder muscles strengthening exercises
- Patient education about the patient’s particular shoulder problem
- Precautions and activity modification
- Self-care of symptoms
- Home exercise program
- Shoulder injury prevention
- Return to work or sports rehabilitation program
Physiotherapy treatment and advice can dramatically improve
the treatment and prevention of shoulder pain.