Shoulder Pain Relief

Shoulder pain is quite common. It is often caused by an injury or accident in younger people, while it may be due to the body’s natural wear and tear as you get older and you feel that persistent pain in your shoulder. Fortunately, this can be treated so pain won’t be a daily part of your life and stop you from doing certain activities.

There are many possible causes of shoulder pain. Overhead activities, such as throwing a ball or swimming, may increase the risk of shoulder injury as these activities may pinch the biceps tendon or rotator cuff. Trauma and poor sitting posture are also common causes. However, in some cases, shoulder problems may occur even without a specific injury or reason.

Some of the common shoulder problems are:

  • Biceps tendonitis. This occurs when the biceps tendon, which links your upper arm’s biceps muscle to the front of the shoulder, gets pinched by the ligaments connecting the shoulder blade and collarbone or by the shoulder blade.
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis. The four muscles that allow for shoulder movement are called the rotator cuff. They hold the arm bone’s ball in the socket with every arm movement. Their tendons are attached to the arm bone right underneath the bony part of the shoulder blade. If these tendons get pinched, they become sore and inflamed, causing tendonitis.
  • Shoulder bursitis. This occurs when the fluid-filled sac, called a bursa, between the shoulder blade and humerus bone, gets pinched, causing pain. The bursa facilitates the gliding of body structures over one another.
  • Shoulder fracture. This is often caused by a trauma, such as when you fall on your outstretched arm, possibly injuring the humerus, scapula, and collarbone.
  • Frozen shoulder. This is characterized by shoulder pain and gradual loss of motion, which can last for as long as 18 months. If not treated, this can cause functional loss in your shoulder.

Research has shows that managing shoulder pain or injury through physiotherapy works. Pain management could fall under non-operative or surgical treatment. If surgery is required, the physiotherapist may have to provide pre-operative rehabilitation to try non-operative care. If the body still does not respond, this part of the process will serve to condition the body and prepare it for surgery. The physiotherapist also needs to provide post-operative physiotherapy to help the operated shoulder regain its normal range of movement, speed, strength and function.

In the non-operative approach, a physiotherapy exercise routine may have to be followed. This will help fix the shoulder’s weakness or stiffness. The routine may include retraining your usual activities or movements related to your daily activities, work, or sport that used to worsen your shoulder pain so you can resume with your normal activities before the injury or pain started.

In most cases, shoulder pain may linger for four to eight weeks. If you follow your physiotherapist’s advice and instructions, the pain should subside. If not, you might need more invasive treatments, such as surgery or injections, to treat it.

If you or a loved one is suffering from shoulder pain, seek help from PhysioCall Gladstone. Book an appointment today!


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