Shoulder Pain

Physiotherapy for Shoulder Pain | Move Physiotherapy East Fremantle and Subiaco

Painful shoulder conditions that limit movement are very common, and caused by injuries affecting the shoulder joint, tendons, ligaments and cartilage. These injuries are common due to the high degree of range of movement of the shoulder joint, and therefore increased demands on the proper functioning of the shoulder musculature. Shoulder injuries are also strongly influenced by cervical and thoracic dysfunctions.

Physiotherapy is highly effective for shoulder conditions including:

  • Chronic Shoulder Pain and Stiffness
  • Shoulder Muscle Spasm and Tension
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinopathies
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder


Assessment and Diagnosis of Shoulder Pain

In order to properly diagnose shoulder pain, your physiotherapist will comprehensively assess the musculature around your shoulder, cervical spine and thoracic spine.

You will be asked to perform shoulder range of motion and muscle strength tests.  Where the pain is felt, both at rest and during movement of the shoulder, provides important clues as to the cause of the shoulder pain.


NB: We have also created the following guide for potentially self-diagnosing your shoulder pain.


Shoulder Pain Treatment

The initial objective of all shoulder injuries is to relieve pain and inflammation.  Whilst many doctors will recommend non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve pain and swelling, the benefit obtained by applying ice-packs can be equally, if not more beneficial.

As your shoulder begins to heal, it is vitally important to restore range of movement, and later to improve muscle strength so as to stabilise the shoulder and help prevent further injury and aggravation.

Your physiotherapist may use techniques such as massage and dry needling in order to restore range of motion in your shoulder. You will also be given home exercises to be completed regularly. Strengthening exercises will utilise our rehabilitation gymnasium, and aim to restore adequate strength through your shoulder and related musculature.