Shoulder pain is one of the most common physical complaints. The shoulder joint is also one of the most complicated joints in the body and due to the many different structures that make up the shoulder, it is vulnerable to many different problems. The rotator cuff is a frequent source of pain in the shoulder.Shoulder impingement is a condition characterized by pinching or compression of soft tissue, such as the rotator cuff tendons, between the upper arm bone (humerus) and roof of the shoulder (acromion) during certain movements of the shoulder, such as arm elevation.
What can I do about my shoulder pain?
Most cases of shoulder impingement settle with appropriate physiotherapy. Success rate of treatment is largely dependent on patient compliance. One of the key components of treatment is that the patient rests from any aggravating activities, which may include arm elevation or overhead activities, reaching away from the body, throwing, heavy lifting, pushing or pulling and sleeping or lying on the affected side. Resting from aggravating activities will allow the body to begin the healing process in the absence of further damage.
If you are experiencing any shoulder pain we encourage you to make an appointment with one of our physiotherapists. ‘Hands on’ therapy from our physiotherapists such as massage, trigger point releases, joint mobilisation, manipulation, dry needling, stretches and electrotherapy can also assist with hastening healing and improving flexibility and function in patients with this condition. Patients will also undergo a flexibility and strengthening program of the surrounding muscles to ensure optimal outcome.