What causes shoulder pain?
You may have shoulder pain after a playing sport, perhaps as a result of an injury or as a result of a repetitive strain. Perhaps there may be no apparent reason as to why your shoulder pain started it just gradually came on and has worsened over a number of days or weeks. It can feel very disabling particularly if it is your dominant arm. You may have difficulty getting to sleep or perhaps it wakes you in the night as you may have inadvertantly rolled onto the affected shoulder. There may be a number of conditions that can be causing your pain such as subacromial impingement, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff tear, or bursitis.
Shoulder pain may start suddenly after an injury …..
…..or perhaps you make wake up with it and it gradually worsens as a result of repetitive strain.
What can I do?
If you feel your shoulder pain is worsening, it is worth seeing a health care professional to have an appropriate assessment. It is important to get some advice on the best management of your specific problem. You may want to see your GP, self refer to a physiotherapist privately or in cases where you have sustained a traumatic injury and there may be swelling and bruising it may be necessary to have an Xray and be seen more urgently.
In cases of soft tissue problems with the shoulder, there are a few things that you can do to help ease your shoulder pain when appropriate to do so. These are as follows:-
- Heat – A hot water bottle or hot pack can help ease the pain
- Paracetomol and ibuprofen may help as appropriate
- Posture – When the shoulders are rounded forwards, this posture can sometimes aggravate your symptoms
- Movement – Keep the joint moving to prevent stiffness. In cases of severe pain, it may be appropriate to slide your arm on a table to ensure your arm is supported to enable the movement
- Pain free strengthening which may involved using body weight or a resistance band can also be useful
In this video below Cath Leftley, our Clinic Director, shows us an 3 exercises we can do to rehabilitate our shoulders.
How can we help?
If you would like a Physiotherapy appointment with us you can self refer and book your own appointment without having to see your GP first. We can assess your shoulder, diagnose and help ease your symptoms with a variety of treatment options as and when appropriate. In cases when Physiotherapy is not appropriate, we will refer on and communicate with other health professionals.
Treatment options can include:
- Manual therapy – This may be mobilising the joint or massaging the soft tissue depending on the problem area
- Acupuncture – In some cases this can be helpful for pain relief
- Advanced shoulder rehab may required higher level of core exercises in the form of pilates type exercises
Our Clinic Director, Cath Leftley, specialises in shoulder conditions and has co-written the ShoulderDoc Shoulder Exercise book. This exercise booklet is aimed at assisting people with their shoulder rehabilitation. For more information please click on the link. https://www.shoulderdoc.co.uk/shop/products/view/16
Should you have any questions regarding your shoulder pain, please do not hesitate to contact us.