Shoulder pain is the most common condition we treat at Physiofusion.
The shoulder joint is a very mobile joint, and transmits large forces from our arm to our trunk.
Some shoulder pain occurs following a fall, or a sudden movement eg in tennis. This type of pain is usually easy to diagnose as either an injury to a tendon (commonly a rotator cuff tendon), or the labrum of the joint, or to a ligament of the nearby acromioclavicular joint at the roof of the shoulder socket.
Most shoulder pain that we treat on a day to day basis occurs where the patient cannot identify a cause or a 'moment of injury'. This type of pain has gradually set in for the patient, who may often describe pain on :
raising their arm above shoulder height,
lifting over head,
lying on their side in bed,
reaching into a back pocket, or tying a brastrap
taking a ticket from a carpark entry machine
Through our postgraduate experience as senior physiotherapists, we are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder pain.
We will take a detailed history which helps us to gain a picture of how the pain is affecting the patient in day to day life, and also helps us to narrow down the most likely tissue pain source, which then guides our treatment.
We use a combination of hands-on treatment and exercise prescription to treat shoulder pain and help you to return to full function.
An X-ray or MRI of the shoulder is often not necessary in the treatment of shoulder pain, however where we feel there is an indication for radiological imaging eg x-ray or MRI we will initiate this via communication with your GP.
Onward referral to an orthopaedic surgeon is similarly infrequently required, (only 5% of our shoulder patients in 2018 were referred to an orthopaedic surgeon for further interventions eg injection/surgery).
Exercise is Medicine
We also see patients who 'just want an exercise programme' so and we fully support this as a treatment choice.
We endeavour to educate each individual to help treat their own body to speed up the repair process, and to prescribe exercises with this in mind.
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