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SHOULDER PAIN & INJURIES

Shoulder problems are common. The shoulder has the most movement of any of our joints. Lift your arm up, move it around, backwards and forwards. As you can tell, no other joint moves as much.

The reason for this movement is that the shoulder is a ball and socket joint but the socket is shallow so the ball moves with great freedom. This essentially means that your shoulder is quite unstable. That is why your shoulder muscles are just so vital to a normally functioning shoulder.

In most cases, if you are suffering shoulder problems it is because your muscles are simply not strong enough or they are uncoordinated.

Luckily, most of these dysfunctions can be normalised after a quality assessment and the provision of injury-specific exercises from your West Active Physiotherapist.

HOW DOES PHYSIO HELP?

The success in treating shoulder injuries is to settle the pain and get the surrounding muscles functioning properly. At West Active we can identify the reasons for your shoulder problem and provide proven effective treatment for your recovery.

Your treatment may consist of:

  • Settling techniques to relieve your pain such as massage, taping and/or dry needling
  • Manual techniques to restore normal movement through your neck, back and shoulder
  • Postural re-education
  • Facilitate specific strengthening and stretching programs for the gym or at home
  • West Active also has Sports Physios to enhance your return back to the sports you love by demonstrating up to date and sports specific trainings.Research has shown that managing your shoulder injury with physiotherapy is usually successful.Normally, you have two options: non-operative (conservative) or a surgical approach. Your condition will dictate which option is best for you at this time.
    If a surgical approach is required, then your West Active Physiotherapist may undertake:
  • Pre-operative rehabilitation to either trial a non-operative (conservative) treatment approach or to condition and prepare your body for a surgical procedure.
  • Post-operative physiotherapy – to regain your range of movement, strength, speed and function both to normal.
  • West Active Physios have a special interest and an excellent working relationship with some of Melbourne’s leading shoulder surgeons to provide you with both conservative and operative rehabilitation options to ensure that you will attain the best outcome for your shoulder injury.

MOST COMMON CAUSES OF SHOULDER PROBLEMS

  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Shoulder Dislocations (Instability)
  • AC Joint Injuries
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Shoulder Arthritis

POSTURE

Bad posture can cause neck pain. Ligaments are over-stretched, muscles become tired and the neck joints and nerves are put under pressure.

Slouching your shoulders with your head pushed forward, sleeping with your head in an awkward position, or working with your head down for long periods, will all tend to cause or worsen neck pain.ation injury or ‘whiplash’ where the head is thrown forward or backward.

I HAVE SHOULDER PAIN – WHAT SHOULD I DO RIGHT NOW?

To help manage your shoulder problems as best as possible:

  • Avoid or modify activities and positions, which cause your pain. Recovery is easier if you stop irritating the shoulder.
  • Rest your arm on a pillow when sitting for prolonged periods
  • Use ice packs for 15 – 20 minutes regularly to help control the pain
  • Hug a pillow or rest your arm on a pillow during the night.
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