Shoulder pain is a common complaint among patients of all ages. It can start with an injury, or even more commonly it begins gradually over a period of weeks to months or even years. It is often seen in patients who perform repetitive or overhead activities, and becomes more common with aging. In some cases shoulder pain can start for what seems like no reason at all.
How can you help your Shoulder Pain?
-Activity rest (no heavy or over head lifting, or activities that aggravate your pain)
-Ice (15min at a time, 1-3 times a day)
-Medication such as ibuprophen, acetaminophen or naproxen (at the advice of your doctor)
-Maintain a good posture through the day
-Avoid sleeping on sore shoulder when possible
-Gentle exercises – pendulum, wall walk, shoulder blade squeeze
Most cases of shoulder pain can improve with the above within a week.
When should you seek Shoulder Pain Physiotherapy?
-Following a specific injury rather than a slow onset
-Decreased ROM or weakness
-Any shoulder pain lasting more than a week
How Physiotherapy can help:
-Identify whether your pain is soft tissue, joint etc or caused by impingement, muscle imbalance, postural, overuse, age, etc
-Identify which rotator cuff muscle(s) may be problematic
-Decrease pain with ultrasound, acupuncture, Interferential current or, TENS
-Increase range of motion with manual therapy and exercises
-Taping to help with pain relief
-Establish appropriate gradual strengthening program, individual for each patient
-Educate on proper lifting techniques and restrictions
-Suggest further imaging or next steps when appropriate
Carly will work towards achieving your goals of recovery whether it’s to return to pitching a full game or just be able to lift your arm up without pain.
Together…lets fix your pain!