Most shoulder pain is not serious and does not need an xray or scan to diagnose, our physiotherapists can diagnose many shoulder problems here. Common causes of pain include:

  • Shoulder tendons, or the rotator cuff, can become worn, called tendonosis (tendonitis in the early stages), or caught / trapped, called impingement. Common causes are repetitive overhead work or sports.
  • Bursitis, this is when the fluid filled sack within the shoulder becomes irritated and inflamed.
  • Frozen shoulder, this can happen to anyone and the cause is not fully understood, although it is more common in women aged 40-60. The shoulder becomes painful and restricted with every movement and can get gradually worse over a period of months.
  • Arthritis is common in middle age and can affect the joint between the collar bone and the shouder causing pain and aching with movement.
  • Referred pain, the shoulder can become painful as a result of other structures such as the neck, or the nerves.

How Can Physiotherapy Help?

Shoulder pain has many causes, our physiotherapists are experts in diagnosing the problem and providing an individually tailored treatment plan for you. This may include:

  • Exercises
  • Hands on therapy
  • Ultrasound or acupuncture
  • Postural advice
  • Advice on self management

What You Can Do To Help Yourself

  • Take over the counter pain killers or anti-inflammatories if you need them
  • Try to keep your shoulder moving within the limits of your pain
  • Heat or cold packs can give temporary relief
  • Avoid aggravating activities
  • Contact us for an appointment so we can provide an accurate diagnosis and and the most effective treatment and exercises for you