The shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the body. For this joint to have so much mobility, it has a small joint contact area. As such, strong shoulder muscles are imperative for a healthy functioning shoulder. Shoulder pain can occur with everyday wear and tear, overuse, or acute injury.
Common causes of shoulder pain include:
- Rotator cuff pathologies
- Instability (dislocation/subluxation)
The cause, type, and location of shoulder pain is different from person to person, as such, there is no “quick fix” for shoulder pain. Your physiotherapist will thoroughly assess your shoulder to pin-point the cause and address underlying issues. This enables us to formulate a unique treatment approach that works for you that can provide long term relief and prevent re-injury.
The earlier you consult your physiotherapist about your shoulder pain generally the easier it is to treat. Other signs that indicate that it is time to see a physiotherapist may include:
- Inability to raise your arm, use your arm, or carry objects
- Pain at rest
- Signs of swelling/bruising around the shoulder joint