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Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is a common issue that affects people of all ages and activity levels. It can be caused by a wide range of factors, including injury, overuse, arthritis, and poor posture. Regardless of the cause, shoulder pain can be debilitating and significantly impact your daily life. Fortunately, physiotherapy can be an effective way to address shoulder pain and help you get back to your normal activities.

Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Rotator cuff injury: The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint. Injury to this area can cause pain, weakness, and limited mobility.

  • Frozen shoulder: This condition causes stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint, often making it difficult to move the arm.

  • Bursitis: Bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion the joints. Inflammation of the bursae in the shoulder can cause pain and stiffness.

  • Tendinitis: This condition occurs when the tendons in the shoulder become inflamed, causing pain and limited mobility.

  • Arthritis: Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can both affect the shoulder joint, causing pain and stiffness.

How We Can Help

We can be an effective way to address shoulder pain and improve function. Here are some of the ways that physiotherapy can help:

  1. Pain management: We can use a variety of techniques to help manage pain, including manual therapy, acupuncture, and electrical stimulation.

  2. Strengthening exercises: Weakness in the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint can contribute to pain and limited mobility. We can design exercises to help strengthen these muscles, improving your ability to move your arm and reducing pain.

  3. Stretching exercises: Tightness in the muscles and connective tissue surrounding the shoulder can contribute to pain and limited mobility. We can design stretching exercises to help improve flexibility and range of motion.

  4. Education and advice: We can provide education and advice on posture, ergonomics, and activities to avoid or modify to help prevent further injury and improve function.

  5. Manual therapy: This involves hands-on techniques such as massage, joint mobilisation, and manipulation to help improve joint mobility and reduce pain.

  6. Home exercises: Physiotherapists can design exercises that you can do at home to continue to improve strength and flexibility, and reduce pain.

If you are experiencing shoulder pain, don't suffer in silence. Consult us to help you develop a personalised treatment plan to address your pain and improve your function. With the right treatment, you can get back to your normal activities and live a pain-free life.

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