Shoulder Pain

What is it?

Shoulder pain can present as discomfort experienced in the joint itself, into the top of the arm or down to the elbow

There are many structures in the shoulder that can be affected. These may include;

1. The small stabilising muscles (rotator cuff)
2. The fluid filled sac between the muscles and bone (bursa)
3. Shoulder capsule

What do I look for?

The most common site of pain will be at the top of the shoulder, or into the muscle bulk at the top of the arm. Painful movement, for example when lifting your arms to dress or brush your hair. Night pain when rolling onto your arm or a painful clicking sensation.

What causes it?

  • A traumatic event such as a fall, car accident or sporting injury
  • Muscle weakness or poor shoulder blade control
  • Repetitive actions such as many years swimming, typing or working with your arms above your head
  • Bone spurs
  • Poor posture

When do I see the physio?

Physiotherapists can assess your shoulder, offer a variety of treatment techniques, correct muscle imbalances and start you on an appropriate exercise program. Feel free to ask any of our friendly physios about this injury.

Do I see my doctor?
If symptoms persist, your physiotherapist will advise when you need to see your doctor.

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Related
resources

The Benefits Of Exercise On Rotator Cuff Impingement

Does A Painful Shoulder Require Surgery? A systematic review by Kuhn (2009), found that exercise has statistically and clinically significant effects on pain reduction and improving function. When combined with manual therapy this improvement was further strengthened.

Category: Shoulder and upper arm

Does A Painful Shoulder Require Surgery?

The Benefits of Exercise on Rotator Cuff Impingement A systematic review by Kuhn in 2009 found that exercise has statistically and clinically significant effects on pain reduction and improving function. When augmented with manual therapy this improvement was further strengthened.

Category: Shoulder and upper arm