Your Guide to Diagnosing the Painful Shoulder 

Painful shoulder conditions are hugely common in the world of physiotherapy. This is due to the highly unstable nature of the joint, which receives very little structural support from ligaments and the shoulder capsule, placing a huge demand on the proper and efficient functioning of our shoulder musculature.

Your physiotherapist is your expert at diagnosing shoulder pain and can guide you through your rehabilitation. Physiotherapy intervention often includes a series of techniques – such as massage, joint mobilisations and dry needling – to loosen the musculature of the shoulder, in addition to the prescription of strengthening exercises to restore balance to your shoulder muscles.  

Below, we have created a simple flowchart below which can point you in the potential direction for diagnosing your shoulder pain. However, we do recommend getting assessed by a professional, especially if you have been experiencing lingering pain for weeks or months.

For this reason, we have reduced our Initial Appointment cost to just $67. This will allow you to have your shoulder pain assessed for a minimal out of pocket expense, if you have Private Health Insurance.

Why you should choose us:

  • Discounted Standard and Extended Initial Appointments – Get a Good Understanding of Your Pain!
  • Longer 30 minute followup consultations.
  • Experienced Physiotherapy and Remedial Massage team.
  • Understand the root cause of your aches and pains.
  • Targeted rehabilitation of your injuries utilising our fully equipped gym setting. 
  • Bulk Billing for DVA Patients (White and Gold Card).
  • Bulk Billing for EPC Claims.  

To book your appointment at Move Physiotherapy, you can call us at the clinic on 08 6113 8062, or follow this link to book online.



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The above flowchart is a basic guide for self-diagnosing your shoulder pain. Please click on the picture to expand the image.

Based on the mechanism and history behind your shoulder pain it aims to provide you with an insight into your potential diagnosis. However, please note that this is by no means an exhaustive list of pathologies that can result in shoulder pain. This flowchart is simply a guide on the most common causes of shoulder pain, such as rotator cuff tears and tendinopathies; and sub-acromial bursitis.

Especially for common diagnoses such as a sub-acromial bursitis, we highly recommend undergoing a period of physiotherapy prior to exploring more invasive means such as a cortisone injection. It is also important to realise that a cortisone injection merely treats the symptom of inflammation in the area it is dispersed. It does not treat the cause of this inflammation. Therefore, if your shoulder pain has arisen from repetitive strain or usual daily behaviour, it is important to address the cause of this inflammation with physiotherapy treatment.

You can follow the link at the top of the page or click here to book your appointment online.


General Physiotherapy

General physiotherapy for chronic and acute conditions.


Dry Needling

Acupuncture needles applied directly to muscular trigger points to reduce muscle tone and improve blood flow.


Exercise Rehabilitation

Individually tailored and supervised exercises utilising our fully equipped gym, to help you get moving again after injury or surgery.


Sports Physiotherapy

Our physiotherapists have experience in a range of sports including Australian Rules Football, Gridiron, Netball and Basketball.


Massage Therapy

Utilising a range of techniques to improve circulation, blood flow, reduce muscle tension and improve joint mobility.


Clinical Pilates

Individually tailored by our Physiotherapists to address core stability and improve movement.