How Can Physiotherapy Treat Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder health and proper functioning are integral to our daily activities and overall well-being. The shoulder joint is one of the most mobile joints in the body and therefore enables us to perform essential tasks such as reaching, lifting, pushing, and pulling. It also plays a crucial role in maintaining upper body stability and facilitating various sports, hobbies, and work-related tasks. Healthy shoulders contribute to balanced posture, movement coordination, and allow us to actively engage in numerous aspects of life.

Physiotherapy for treating shoulder injuries involves a comprehensive approach that can help alleviate pain, restore function, and enhance mobility. Physiotherapists begin with an examination of the shoulder to assess strength, range of motion, and pinpoint any functional limitations. Ultimately, the aim of the assessment phase is to determine an appropriate course of action to treat the patient’s symptoms and concerns.

Common Shoulder Conditions That We Treat:

  • Rotator Cuff Injuries

  • Frozen Shoulder

  • Shoulder Impingement

  • Labral Tears

  • Shoulder Subluxation/Dislocation

  • Bursitis

Physiotherapy methods encompass exercises that strengthen/stabilize the muscles around the shoulder joint and promote proper shoulder mechanics. In addition to exercise therapy, manual therapy can be applied to improve range, reduce pain and prime the shoulder before exercise. The goal of the treatment plan is to facilitate the body’s natural healing, regain strength, promote optimal shoulder function, and prevent future injuries.

In summary, physiotherapy for shoulder injuries offers a personalized approach to address specific conditions, reduce pain, and restore function. Through a combination of exercises, hands-on techniques, and movement corrections, physiotherapists can guide patients toward a healthy recovery and improved shoulder health.