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Physiotherapy for Shoulder Pain


Physiotherapy for shoulder pain is a common problem we treat at Specific Physio Preston Vic. Shoulder pain could be bursitis, rotator cuff tear or frozen shoulder. Any of these shoulder injuries could be yours, yet they are all frequently misdiagnosed and much more frequently treated incorrectly. 


Injuries to the shoulder are common, and the effects can be extremely crippling. Our shoulders give our hands a wide range of motion, which is what allows them to move and control items with such dexterity. Therefore, when a shoulder issue arises, it might limit our ability to use our hands and arms and have an impact on how we go about our daily lives.

Shoulder physiotherapy - Bursitis & Rotator Cuff

Shoulder physiotherapy for bursitis and rotator cuff pain is very common. Subacromial pain syndrome is the most typical shoulder issue. The term "swimmer's shoulder" is sometimes used mistakenly to refer to a variety of illnesses, including bursitis, shoulder impingement, rotator cuff disease, and swimmer's shoulder. In order for the shoulder joint to function normally, the muscles around it, especially the rotator cuff muscles, must be co-ordinately working.


When these muscles are out of balance, the shoulder joint may become irritated, resulting in pain and weakness. If this persists for a long time or is severe, it is unlikely to go better on its own without assistance to retrain the affected muscles.


A physiotherapist is the best individual to handle this challenging procedure so that your arm movements return to normal. Importantly, subacromial bursitis must be differentiated from problems with rotator cuff tendons or shoulder capsule issues by your physiotherapist for the purpose of selecting appropriate exercises for your exercise program.


A good physiotherapist will be able to spot the difference between a shoulder bursa issue, bone spurs and rotator cuff tears. Patients with rotator cuff repair if not handled correctly by your physiotherapist have the genuine risk of developing frozen shoulder. Open surgery might be indicated but a physiotherapist will refer you if that is required.


When shoulder surgery is required, recovery with physiotherapy is essential to recovering healthy range of motion, strength, and pain-free function.


Shoulder physio for dislocation

Shoulder physiotherapy for dislocation or subluxation of the ball and socket joint is a far more severe injury. It typically happens while performing a sport, but it can also happen after a fall. It is usually a good idea to have it examined by a doctor or physiotherapist because this can occasionally result in a cracked bone in the area. If necessary, a physiotherapist can arrange for imaging and oversee the subsequent care. A degree of shoulder instability always precedes a dislocation, and if you've had one, your likelihood of experiencing another one grows dramatically.


Because of this, it's critical to correctly manage a dislocation by supporting the shoulder while it heals and implementing a graded stability programme to prevent future occurrences. If surgery is necessary, it will be followed by physiotherapy to help the patient restore their full strength, range of motion, and pain-free function.


A shoulder subluxation is a partial dislocation of the head of the humerus and is a shoulder problem often occurring after incorrect position shoulder blade position before you move your shoulder.

Do I have frozen shoulder?


Though it is uncommon, a real frozen shoulder (also known as adhesive capsulitis) is more likely to affect older individuals, those with diabetes, women, and anyone who have had a period of shoulder immobilisation. 


Although the exact origin of frozen shoulder is uncertain, it appears to be caused by severe inflammation and rigidity of the joint capsule and typically resolves within 12 to 18 months. 


This ailment is typically highly painful, causing the shoulder joint to become noticeably stiffer over a few weeks to months before slowly returning to normal. The goal of physiotherapy treatment is to maximise range of motion while minimising pain symptoms.


For a large number of individuals with severe frozen shoulder, further therapies including hydrodilitation injections or surgery can be necessary.

Shoulder physio - pain reducing exercises

The following are shoulder physio exercises for symptom reduction. Anyone who has ever experienced shoulder pain knows that it can make even the simplest tasks seem impossible. The good news is that there are a number of simple exercises that can help to reduce shoulder pain and improve range of motion. Here are five of the best:


1. Pendulum exercises: These exercises help to stretch and strengthen the muscles around the shoulder joint. Start by holding on to a stable object, such as a chair or railing. Let your arm hang down and swing it in a small circle. gradually increase the size of the circle until you feel a gentle stretch.


2. Isometric exercises: These exercises involve contracting the muscles without moving the joint. For example, you can place your hand on a wall and push against it, or hold a weight in your hand and squeeze it as hard as you can.


3. Arm raises: This exercise helps to strengthen the muscles that support the shoulder joint. Start by standing with your arms at your sides and then slowly raise them out to the side until they are parallel with the ground.


4. Cross body arm stretch: This stretch helps to loosen tight muscles and improve range of motion. Start by holding your arm across your body at chest level. Use your other hand to gently pull the arm across your body until you feel a gentle stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and then repeat on the other side.


5. Neck rotation: This exercise helps to stretch the neck muscles and promote good posture. Start by sitting up tall with your shoulders relaxed and your chin level with the ground. Slowly turn your head to look over your right shoulder, then slowly turn back to the center. Repeat on the other side.

What should I do if I have shoulder pain right now?

We are experts at treating shoulder injuries at Specific Physiotherapy, and we'd be happy to assist you as you go through recovery and rehabilitation. Visit the Contact Us page or schedule an appointment with us right away to begin your recovery if you have any queries about shoulder pain.


We are situated at 10 St. Duthus Street, Preston, Victoria. Please use the website to schedule a physical therapy appointment. In addition, before your first physiotherapy visit, kindly provide image reports. Call us at 0490 021 474 if you have any questions.

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