Shoulder Pain Treatment
The joints of the shoulder are the most flexible in the body, however the shoulder’s complete range of motion makes it highly susceptible to injury and strain. Ravinderjeet Sran, Registered Physiotherapist, specializes in chronic shoulder pain that is most often the result of strain on the soft-tissues designed to stabilize and mobilize the shoulder. Tendonitis, bursitis, frozen shoulder, and shoulder impingement are leading causes of shoulder pain.
Shoulder injury, such as a rotator cuff injury or a shoulder labrum tear, involves damage to any part of the complex shoulder structure including the shoulder joint, tendons, or muscles. The term rotator cuff describes the four tendons that connect the bone of the upper arm to the shoulder socket. A labrum tear or labral tear involves damage to the cartilage that holds the bone of the upper arm, the humerus, in the shoulder socket.
Shoulder Pain Symptoms
Ongoing, chronic shoulder pain symptoms can include stiffness, throbbing, discomfort during movement, and arm weakness. More acute, sharp pain is usually the result of recent injury. Often shoulder pain is accompanied by limited mobility and an inability to raise or rotate the arm. Shoulder pain usually worsens over time.
Common Shoulder Injuries
Shoulder pain can accompany neck, upper back, and mid back issues or can be the result of independent problems involving only the shoulder structure. At Care Plus Physiotherapy, our physiotherapist and chiropractor’s expertise covers a wide range of shoulder ailments.
- Biceps Tendonitis
- Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
- Impingement Syndrome or Shoulder Impingement
- Osteoarthritis or arthritis Pitcher’s Shoulder, Swimmer’s Shoulder, Tennis Shoulder
- Pre- and Post-Surgery Physiotherapy
- Rotator Cuff Tear
- Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
- Shoulder Bursitis
- Shoulder Instability
- Shoulder Labrum Tear or Labral Tear
- Shoulder Sprain or Shoulder Strain
- Shoulder Tendonitis or Calcific Tendonitis
What Causes Shoulder Pain?
As with many musculoskeletal problems, wear and tear and overuse are the most common causes of pain, inflammation, and damage. At Care Plus Physiotherapy we expertly assess the cause of the shoulder pain that results from physical strain, overuse, or degenerative wear. While shoulder problems occur frequently in athletes, anyone whose shoulders are subject to repetitive action and strain may be at risk. Shoulder pain may be the result of issues localized in the shoulder or may be referred pain from problems in other areas of the body.
Treating Shoulder Pain and Shoulder Injury
Our physiotherapist’s approach to treating shoulder pain and repairing imbalances and soft-tissue damage includes a combination of strengthening and stretching exercises. Restoring shoulder mobility and flexibility, particularly involving the rotator cuff, is accomplished through manipulation therapy, mobilization techniques, and physiotherapy. For labrum or labral tears where surgery is not indicated, soft-tissue treatments and physiotherapy are highly effective pain and recovery tools.
Preventing Shoulder Injury and Shoulder Pain
- Use proper warm-up and stretching techniques prior to sports or activities that rely on shoulder strength and repetitive use
- Maintain a 90-degree elbow angle when using the computer
- Use caution when lifting heavy objects, particularly from over head.