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Shoulder pain

Shoulder pain is a widespread concern that can range from mild discomfort to severe limitations in mobility.

Whether caused by overuse, injury, or underlying conditions, persistent shoulder pain can significantly impact daily life.

In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the common causes of shoulder pain and shed light on the transformative benefits of physiotherapy in providing relief and restoring functionality.

Understanding Shoulder Pain:
  1. Common Causes of Shoulder Pain:

  • Rotator Cuff Injuries: Tears or strains in the rotator cuff can result from repetitive motions or sudden trauma.

  • Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis): Gradual stiffening and thickening of the shoulder capsule limit range of motion.

  • Tendonitis: Inflammation of the tendons, often caused by repetitive overhead activities.

  • Arthritis: Degenerative changes in the shoulder joint can lead to chronic pain.

  1. Symptoms of Shoulder Pain:

  • Dull or sharp pain in the shoulder joint

  • Limited range of motion

  • Weakness or instability in the shoulder

  • Difficulty sleeping on the affected side

Benefits of Physiotherapy for Shoulder Pain:
  1. Precise Diagnosis and Individualised Treatment Plans:

  • Physiotherapists conduct thorough assessments to identify the root cause of shoulder pain.

  • Personalised treatment plans target specific issues, ensuring a tailored approach to rehabilitation.

  1. Manual Therapy for Pain Relief:

  • Soft tissue massage and joint mobilisation techniques alleviate muscle tension and improve flexibility.

  • Manipulative therapies help restore proper joint function and reduce pain.

  1. Targeted Exercise Programs:

  • We prescribe exercises to strengthen the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint.

  • Progressive resistance exercises improve stability and support shoulder function.

  1. Posture Correction and Ergonomics:

  • We address posture issues that contribute to shoulder pain.

  • Ergonomic assessments provide guidance on optimizing workstations to prevent strain.

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