Shoulder Pain Treatment

Vitalis Physiotherapy treatment for shoulder pain is performed in three steps:

Shoulder Pain

Our Physiotherapists have been seeing a rise in the number of patients of all ages coming to them with shoulder pain.

Though there are a range of causes which may leave patient susceptible to developing shoulder pain, there is now a growing number of people who are prone to overloading the muscles and leading to overuse of the shoulder.  As a result, more and more patients visit Vitalis Physiotherapy to inquire about our physiotherapy treatment for shoulder pain.

What are the common causes of shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain can stem from a range of causes, from muscle and bone injuries through sports or car accidents, to inflammation from conditions like bursitis. Even simple triggers like poor posture while sitting for long periods or overusing the muscles can cause shoulder pain.

If the pain persists for days or even weeks, it is necessary to seek the best treatment for acute and chronic shoulder pain. Pain can be a result of musculoskeletal conditions and in some rare cases, of infections.

Are there types of shoulder pain?

The term ‘shoulder pain’ can be broadly divided into four main categories which describe a range of common shoulder-related problems, including:

  • Tendinopathy (bursitis or tendonitis); also, tendon tears
  • Arthritis of shoulder joints and bones
  • Instability, or dislocation, of the shoulder joints.
  • Fracture or breaking of the shoulder bones

Trauma (car accident, fall, etc) or high impact activity (contact sports) can increase the likelihood of developing shoulder pain or an associated condition.

Some of the most common conditions:

AC Joint Disorders
Calcific Tendonitis of the Shoulder
Frozen Shoulder
Levator Scapulae Syndrome
Long Thoracic Nerve Palsy
Muscle Imbalance
Nerve Disorders of the Shoulder
Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy
Rotator Cuff Tear
Shoulder Dislocations
Shoulder Fractures
Shoulder Impingement
Shoulder Instability
Shoulder Labral Tear
Winging Scapula

What does shoulder pain treatment involve?

To minimise or completely remove shoulder pain, it is best to seek professional treatment. The Vitalis Physiotherapy team customises a treatment approach based on several factors, mostly depending on the cause and severity of the problem.

At your initial appointment, we complete a comprehensive assessment and diagnosis. Based on this, we will recommend some treatment options to reduce your shoulder pain. We can also give you advice on how to set up a more comfortable work environment to improve posture and minimise pressure to your shoulder, neck and upper body.

Our treatment options to alleviate shoulder pain

  • Soft tissue release to reduce muscle spasms
  • Joint & Nerve mobilisation techniques to reduce muscle spasms
  • Personalised exercise program plans to strengthen the area
  • Shockwave Therapy to help reduce & eliminate pain in a gentle & non-invasive way
  • Dry needling to target painful trigger points
  • Taping for muscle support
  • Workplace ergonomic assessments for the prevention of future conditions

Products we use for shoulder pain treatment

  • Spikey ball & Knuckle Physio
  • Foam roller
  • Lumbar support/roll
  • Over-door traction device
  • Adjustable contour pillow
  • Laser neck muscles re-trainer
  • Heat bag

Contact Vitalis Physiotherapy, your 'physio near me', to find out more about our shoulder pain treatment and methods we employ to help you.

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