Painful shoulder conditions that limit movement are very common, and are caused by injuries affecting the shoulder joint, muscles, tendons, ligaments and cartilage. As the shoulder has a high degree of flexibility, it is therefore less stable and more prone to injuries than other joints of the body.
The nerves that supply the shoulder also supply the upper thoracic spine and arm. Your physiotherapist will assess whether your pain is referred from your spine or a local shoulder problem.
Physiotherapists can assist with the following shoulder conditions:
In order to determine the cause of your shoulder pain, your physiotherapist will conduct a full physical, orthopaedic and neurological examination of the shoulder, cervical and thoracic spine.
You will be asked to perform shoulder range of motion and muscle strength tests. Where the pain is felt, both at rest and during movement of the shoulder, provides important clues as to the cause of the shoulder pain. It may also be necessary to undergo specialised diagnostic tests such as XRay, Ultrasound and/or MRI scans.
The initial objective of all shoulder injuries is to relieve pain and inflammation. The first process is for your physiotherapist to determine the cause and origin of your shoulder symptoms and to successfully communicate this to each patient. From this basis, an appropriate management strategy can be formulated including manual treatment, postural advice and exercise therapy. Where indicated a referral to your GP and/or shoulder specialist may be indicated to achieve an optimal result for your shoulder problem.
Fairfield Physiotherapy has close relationships with referring GPs and orthopaedic surgeons specialising in shoulder management.
As your shoulder begins to heal, it is vitally important to restore range of movement, and later to improve muscle strength so as to stabilise the shoulder and help prevent further injury and aggravation.
Your physiotherapist will be able to assist you with suitable shoulder range of motion exercises and shoulder strengthening and rehabilitation exercises during your recovery.
Please contact us to arrange your comprehensive consultation and begin a course of corrective care today!