Shoulder pain diagnosis
Some people come in for an assessment because they are feeling a few twinges of shoulder pain as they go about their daily activities. Others come in because their shoulder pain is affecting how they play sport or pick up the kids. Some have regular appointments because they’ve had shoulder surgery and need a targeted recovery plan. Whatever your reason, don’t ignore your shoulder pain – in some cases it is most likely to only get worse.
A thorough examination leads to more accurate diagnosis including questions about life styles, work types and excercise regime etc, then followed by a comprehensive physical examination of varius tests to identify the souce of the pain.
What causes shoulder pain?
The shoulder is one of the body’s most flexible and mobile joints. It allows you to move your arm in many directions, including forwards, backwards, above your head and to the side. Unfortunately, this amazing flexibility also means that your shoulder can be easily injured. If this is the case, it’s important to get shoulder pain treatment as quickly as possible.
Shoulder pain affects people of all ages. It can happen as a result of a medical condition such as arthritis, or as a result of a sport or work injury. The classic signs of a shoulder injury or disease include pain, swelling, redness, and/or a reduced range of motion.
Depending on your level of activity and life stage, you might be suffering from:
- Damaged to the bones and cartilage
- A rotator cuff pathology
- Joint instability
- Weak shoulder blade muscles
- An imbalance in the shoulder muscles
- Shoulder tension from poor posture (often work related)
- A known trauma, such as a sports injury or fall.
How can a physiotherapist help with shoulder pain treatment?
As a trained physiotherapist, we can help you to pinpoint the source of your shoulder pain after assessment on the first visit. Then we aim to:
- Help relieve your pain
- Give suggestions on acitivities to avoid further aggravation
- Offer manual therapy and soft tissue release techniques
- Dry needling technique
- Guide you on the best exercises for your shoulder pain
- Assist with rehabilitation and treatment if you have had shoulder surgery or are recovering
from a known injury.
Don’t suffer in silence.
If your shoulder pain has lasted more than a few days, it’s a good idea to come in for shoulder assessment. Ignoring shoulder pain can lead to complications and puts you at risk of further damage.
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