Shoulder Pain


Shoulder pain requiring shoulder pain physiotherapy is an extremely common complaint, and is a symptom that occurs in men, women and children. There are many common causes of shoulder pain. We at Sterling are trained in assessing and diagnosing potential causes of shoulder pain. It is crucial to make an accurate diagnosis of the origin of your shoulder pain so that any appropriate treatment can be targeted at the cause.

The shoulder joint is a relatively unstable bony arrangement designed as such to allow a significant range of movement of your upper limb. As a result of this bony design the shoulder joint relies heavily on muscles, tendons, ligaments, joint capsule, and the labrum to help make it stable. Many shoulder problems are caused by the breakdown of these soft tissues. Traumatic injury as well as excessive use of the shoulder can cause these soft tissues to break down faster causing shoulder pain and loss of function requiring shoulder pain physiotherapy.

Common Causes Of Shoulder Pain
Rotator Cuff Tears:

Rotator cuff disorders and bursitis problems are a very common cause of shoulder pain. Bursitis occurs when the bursa, a small fluid-filled sac that helps protect the shoulder joint is inflamed .This occurs commonly when playing sports that overuse the shoulder or by jobs and hobbies with frequent overhead reaching or positioning.
Tendinopathy of the rotator cuff is another very common cause of shoulder pain. This pain can be as a result of inflamed tendons, tendons becoming pinched or impinged by parts around the shoulder as well as tears to the tendon themselves. Tendon pathology can be caused by simply falling on an outstretched hand or onto your elbow, as well as many sports, occupations and hobbies can cause strain on the rotator cuff tendons.

Dislocation and Separation:

Dislocation of the shoulder joint as well as acromioclavicular joint separation injuries are common causes of shoulder pain, injuries caused during sports or falls. Even though not exclusively dislocation and separation injuries do tend to occur to a younger persons due to activity levels. They are distinctly different injuries and as a result are managed very differently from each other. Shoulder pain can result from previous dislocation or may be a developed condition making correct management vital for dislocation and separation injuries.

Frozen Shoulder:

Also called ‘adhesive capsulitis,’a frozen shoulder is a common condition that leads to stiffness of the joint. Movement of the shoulder becomes very restricted with a frozen shoulder and typically in the early stages a frozen shoulder can be very painful. As with the many other causes of shoulder pain appropriate diagnosis is crucial to guarantee the right management. We at Sterling will give you expert advice on managing your shoulder pain related to a frozen shoulder.

Torn Labrum:

Labral injuries are common and can occur as the result of a traumatic event or as a developed condition. SLAP lesions are a common type of labral tear seen in any physio clinics, these SLAP lesions can be caused by a fall onto an outstretched hand and shoulder dislocations among other things.

Shoulder Arthritis:

Although shoulder arthritis is less common than either knee and hip arthritis, osteoarthritis caused by “wear and tear” on the shoulder can be a cause of significant shoulder pain.We at Sterling are frequently involved in the conservative management of patients complaining of shoulder pain as a result of shoulder arthritis engaged to improve function and relieve pain.

Correct Diagnosis

The treatment of any shoulder pain depends entirely on the cause of the problem. Hence, it is of utmost importance that cause of any complaint needing shoulder pain physiotherapy is understood prior to embarking on a treatment program. The management of shoulder pain we use different treatment techniques and modalities to increase strength, regain mobility, and help return patients to pre-injury level of activity safely and quickly.