Problem Solving the Shoulder

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Suffering from Shoulder Pain? Physio4Life can help you!

Quite often caused by a sporting injury or can be something that you wake up with for no reason, or it gradually builds over the periods of time. There are many different injuries you can get in the shoulder as it is quite a complicated joint and many different reasons for having the problem.

 

 

Most common causes of shoulder pain following a trauma:

  • Rotator cuff strain/tear
  • AC joint Sprain
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Labral tear (more likely if the arm is above your head)

Built up over a period of time or insidious onset::

  • Rotator cuff tendinopathy
  • LH biceps tendinopathy
  • Degenerative rotator cuff tear (older patients)
  • Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
  • Referred pain from the neck

 

A series of questions are asked and a number of different tests are carried out to try and help the Physiotherapist determine what is causing the pain and treat accordingly. If there is something more serious going on we will refer you to see a shoulder specialist for further investigation.

Treatment carried out could include: soft tissue techniques, joint mobilisation, acupuncture, ultrasound and a home exercise programme.

We also see patients post surgery following a number of different operations and follow strict protocols to return you your set goals, working closely with the consultant

‘Solving the shoulder’

I recently attended a course, aptly named ‘Problem Solving the Shoulder’ which was conducted by Clinical Physiotherapist Specialist Anju Jaggi. It was an enthralling weekend in which Anju’s passion for accurate shoulder assessment and comprehensive treatment was apparent from the start. Anju is well known in the physiotherapy community and it was an absolute privilege to hear her talk about her specialist subject with clarity and proficiency.

Gaining a clear diagnostic picture for curing shoulder pain

One of the huge gains from this course was the teaching of thorough assessment and its importance in gaining a clear diagnostic picture. The course has provided me with the tools to fully assess the function of the shoulder and hone in on the cause of shoulder pain and dysfunction. It also drummed home that early and accurate diagnosis is imperative in treating tricky shoulder problems. Another stand out point gained from the course was that once the problem has been identified the treatment should be orientated and focused on the patient’s needs, requirements and specific sporting interests. Case studies discussing the subtle changes and biases in rehabilitation between tennis players, swimmers, cricketers and athletics were all discussed to give a practical implementation to the sporting world and to illustrate how exercises could be changed to fit the demands of each sport.

1 in 3 suffer from shoulder pain

Did you know that one in three people in the UK are suffering from shoulder discomfort!? Those aches and grumbles may not be limiting at present but they are frequently the warning signs that all is not well. All too commonly we lack strength in the rotator cuff muscles (muscles that stabilise our shoulder) and this can be simple to pick up on assessment and before the problem becomes to severe, can be treated with a wide range of exercises. Following this course, I now understand how to implement a much better level of graded rehabilitation from early to late stages, as well as ways to tailor the rehabilitation to specific sports and individuals needs. Overall, a fantastic course which has changed and developed my ability to assess, diagnose, treat and ultimately … problem solve the shoulder.

Seek help with shoulder pain with our expert physiotherapists in Putney

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