Struggling with shoulder pain and wondering whether Physio could be helpful for you? In this blog, we will unpack 5 reasons why physiotherapy treatment can be beneficial for shoudler pain.

Correct Diagnosis is Key:

There are many different causes of shoulder pain and often, identifying the correct diagnosis and underlying contributing factors is the first key to fixing your shoulder pain presentation. The right diagnosis leads to the right treatment. Common causes of shoulder pain can include the following:

  • Rotator cuff injuries – supraspinatus tendinopathy, rotator cuff partial or full thickness tears
  • Shoulder bursitis and shoulder impingement
  • Posture-related shoulder and neck tightness
  • Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitus)
  • Labral tears
  • Shoulder subluxations and dislocations
  • Post-surgical rehab and shoulder pain

 

Now that we have explored some common shoulder conditions, let’s look into 5 reasons why physiotherapy treatment is beneficial for shoulder pain management and relief!

5 Ways Physiotherapy Treatment Can be Beneficial for Shoulder Pain

There are many reasons why Physiotherapy treatment could be beneficial for shoulder pain treatment. Including, but not limited to, pain management, the restoration of range of motion, muscle strengthening, posture correction, and individualised treatment plans. First of all, let’s explore pain management.

1. Pain Management

Through a combination of manual techniques, therapeutic exercises, and modalities like heat or ice, physiotherapy aims to alleviate pain and discomfort associated with shoulder issues. The use of hands-on techniques and dry needling can help release muscle tension and reduce pain, providing relief for individuals experiencing shoulder pain. Exercises are often used also as a great way to help alleviate shoulder pain.

2. Restoration of Range of Motion

Shoulder pain often leads to patients having restricted shoulder range of motion. Physiotherapy can involve manual therapy, dry needling and targeted exercises and stretches to improve flexibility and restore the normal range of motion in the shoulder joint and surrounding muscles. This can help people regain functional movement and reduce stiffness.

3. Muscle Strengthening

Weakness or imbalances in the muscles around the shoulder can contribute to pain and instability. Physiotherapists design specific strengthening exercises to target the muscles supporting the shoulder joint, and shoulder blade joints and muscles. Strengthening these muscles not only helps alleviate patients pain but also reduces the risk of future injuries or recurrences.

4. Posture Correction and Body Mechanics

Often, poor posture and incorrect body mechanics can contribute to shoulder pain. Physiotherapists assess people’s posture and movement patterns to identify and correct underlying postural deficits and contributing factors. They provide guidance on maintaining proper alignment and coe and postural strengthening exercises to help de-load the shoulder complex to prevent further stress on the shoulder joint and structures.

5. Individualized Treatment Plans

Physiotherapy is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Physiotherapists conduct thorough assessments to understand the specific causes of shoulder pain for each patient. Based on this assessment, they develop personalized treatment plans that may include a combination of manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, education, and other interventions tailored to the patient’s needs, contributing to more effective and targeted care.

Conclusion

In conclusion, physiotherapy plays a crucial and often indispensable role in the management of shoulder pain. Its importance lies in addressing the multifaceted nature of shoulder conditions, providing holistic and targeted interventions to alleviate pain, improve function, and enhance overall shoulder health. Through a combination of manual therapy, dry needling (as desired and indicated), therapeutic exercises, posture correction, and personalized treatment plans, physiotherapy aims to not only manage symptoms but also address the root causes of shoulder pain.

Want to get your shoulder pain sorted? Our team of senior physios would love to help! For more information or to make a booking with one of our male or female physiotherapists please visit www.myplacephysio.com.au, call us on 0420 860 797, or use the ‘Book Now’ button below

Jacob Taylor, Kate Baldry, Sophie Nijskens and Tyler Hawkins
MyPlace Physio Senior Physiotherapists

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