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Do you suffer with Shoulder Pain? We can Help!

POSTED: 20 Feb, 2022

 

Shoulder Pain is the 3rd most common musculoskeletal complaint after back and knee pain in primary care. 

If you’ve been experiencing shoulder pain, you’re not alone. Up to 67% of adults report shoulder-related symptoms at some point in their lives.

For some, the pain doesn’t go away and can turn into a long-term challenge, affecting daily activities and quality of life. The important thing, however, is that you don’t accept pain as your “new normal”.

Since the shoulder is one of the most complicated joints in your body, there can be numerous reasons behind the pain. Regardless of the diagnosis, most people probably want to avoid surgery or other invasive methods. Therefore, they usually try different conservative treatments first, such as stretching and strengthening exercises, joint mobilisation and manipulation, taping, proprioceptive training, ultrasound, and acupuncture, to name but a few. However, it can sometimes be difficult to establish which treatment option is right for you. Also, as a client, you might not be familiar with the body of evidence (the science) that supports (or doesn’t support) the effectiveness of each method.


 What is Causing my Shoulder Pain?


Shoulder pain is a common injury presentation that can be due to a number of different conditions. Pain can occur following an accident, injury, or through general wear and tear of the shoulder joint and associated muscles.

Common injuries of the Shoulder Include:

  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Shoulder Bursitis
  • Shoulder Dislocations (Instability)
  • Frozen Shoulder

It has been shown that approximately 50% of new episodes of shoulder injury resolve in 8-12 weeks, however up to 40% of injuries may persist for over a year, with rates of recurrence rated as moderate to high. It has been shown that early presentation after onset of symptoms has a favorable outcome for those who are experiencing shoulder pain.

For Shoulder pain that persists for more than a few days, booking an appointment with one of our Physiotherapists in the clinic is an excellent first step in taking a proactive approach to your pain.


Diagnosing your Shoulder Pain


Our team at IntegratePHYSIO specializes in assessing and treating acute & chronic shoulder pain. The team here at IntegratePHYSIO will begin by taking a detailed history on your current condition and any prior injuries. We follow this up with a comprehensive physical assessment to determine a clear diagnosis of your pain which we will explain to you and develop an action plan together with you for your condition to help guide your recovery.


What can I expect from Physiotherapy Treatment?


At IntegratePHYSIO, we use an individualised treatment approach specific to your daily demands, lifestyle factors and how your body presents – everyone is different.

A recent review of 64 high quality studies that studied effectiveness of various physiotherapy treatments for shoulder pain found that exercise and manual therapy were the most effective physiotherapy approaches to improve pain, function, and range of motion.

Exercises based on stretching and strengthening of rotator cuff and scapular (shoulder blade) muscles showed to be as effective as arthroscopic surgery in all phases of the treatment. According to the review, manual therapy by a skilled physiotherapist importantly contributed to the positive outcome, too.


 Take Charge of your Pain!


While working with the team at IntegratePHYSIO we will continue to monitor your progress and changes to your condition to ensure your recovery. Our goal is to not just eliminate your pain, but to also empower you with information and techniques to prevent further recurrences of pain.

If your shoulder pain has persisted for more than a few days get in contact with our team at 07 3419 4796 or book online at www.integratephysio.com.au for help in your recovery process.


References:

Van Der Windt, D., Koes, B., Boeke, A., Devillé, W., Bouter, L., & De Jong, B. (1996). Shoulder disorders in general practice: Prognostic indicators of outcome. British Journal of General Practice46(410), 519-523.

Haik, M. N., Pires, E. D., Camargo, P. R., Alburquerque-Sendin, F., & Moreira, R. C. (2016). Effectiveness of physical therapy treatment of clearly defined subacromial pain: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials. British Journal of Sports Medicine50(18), 1124-3

Chaconas, E. J., Kolber, M. J., Hanney, W. J., Daugherty, M. L.,

About the author

Luke completed his masters of physiotherapy from University of Technology Sydney. He has a keen interest in spine conditions and sports injury rehabilitation. With his Exercise Science undergraduate degree he is passionate about keeping his patient’s moving and having them continue being able ... more

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