Shoulder pain and injuries are often the result of over-head or throwing sports and activities, repetitive or awkward lifting, or wear and tear. Fay Pedler Clinic can help you resolve your shoulder problems.
The shoulder is a mobile and flexible joint that is capable of lifting large loads. It is this impressive functionality that leaves it vulnerable to injury. Shoulder injuries are often the result of over-head or throwing sports and activities, repetitive or awkward lifting, or wear and tear. Pain and injury in the shoulder can be the result of several different conditions, these include:
- Impingement syndromes
- Rotator cuff injury
- Shoulder instability or dislocation
- Frozen shoulder
- General wear and tear from sports or overuse
The majority of shoulder problems settle given time and a combination of pain medication, avoidance of aggravating activity, relative rest, heat, ice and postural correction. If symptoms persist despite self-management, seeking the help of a professional would be appropriate. Shoulder pain is extremely common with Physiotherapists being specialists in providing expert care from initial diagnosis to successful treatment.
Learn more about common shoulder conditions
The shoulder joint complex comprises the humerus, scapula and clavicle bones connected together through ligaments, muscles and tendons. Primary muscle control is provided through the rotator cuff, four muscles which attach the shoulder blade to the humerus. Shoulder problems are common, firstly due to its design as a shallow ball and socket joint between the head of humerus bone and shoulder blade (scapula) and secondly, the reliance on several joints working in tandem through muscles attachments, tendons and ligaments to provide the wide range of movement we humans require to survive.
A ”normal” shoulder allows the hand to reach the mouth for feeding, oral hygiene and lipstick! Evolution has prioritised shoulder mobility and flexibility at the expense of relative stability. Brushing hair, dressing, throwing and many forms of employment are significantly affected when the shoulder becomes stiff, weak and/or painful.
At Fay Pedler Physiotherapy, we are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder conditions. We understand that every shoulder is unique and requires an individual course of treatment and rehabilitation. For example, an unstable or dislocated shoulder needs specific attention given to the strength and control of the scapular muscles before general strengthening can begin. A shoulder with impingement pain needs a full and careful correction of rotation cuff muscle balance to prevent compression of the subacromial space. A stiff shoulder needs to be stretched, mobilised and re-trained.
Treatment of the shoulder complex requires an experienced Physiotherapist who can test the movements and stretches of the shoulder, and come to an accurate diagnosis of the problem. Physiotherapy treatment can then focus on the core problem.