The shoulder is a ball and socket joint that enables the arm to move in a variety of directions. It is both supported and moved by the surrounding muscles, ligaments and tendons. Often, when these soft tissues get disrupted, maybe from over- or under-use, the result is shoulder pain. It is important to also remember that shoulder pain can be referred from the neck, so this will need to also be assessed. Common diagnoses include: rotator cuff tears, impingement and frozen shoulder.
Symptoms will often include:
Pain with movement - typically lifting arm out to the side, or putting your hand behind your back
Weakness or pain with resisted movements
Pain lying on the shoulder.
Treatment may include joint mobilisations, soft tissue massage and postural education. Taping is often used to support the shoulder in a pain free position; acupuncture may also be used to help relieve pain. Exercise will be a large part of your rehabilitation; specific exercises will aim to help the structures heal, regain flexibility and regain strength. These exercises will then be given to you to continue with at home. Often, when we are in pain we adapt our movements in weird and wonderful ways to avoid the pain - these movements also need to be retrained.
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