How Should I Deal with Shoulder Pain?
When it comes to shoulder pain physiotherapy and injuries, you can broadly categorise them into two kinds: acute and chronic, with physiotherapy handling more of the acute category. Acute pain is sharp – it typically comes on suddenly and caused by something specific like a recent injury or surgery. Chronic pain, however, can be described as a dull, constant, episodic or reoccurring sort of pain and usually lasts longer than six months, continuing even after the injury or illness that caused it has healed.
At Core Fitness, depending on the severity of the injury or post op inflammation, our physiotherapists will first seek to stabilise the shoulder and reduce the immediate pain and swelling through different clinical treatments such as stabilising methods, ultrasound therapy, electrotherapy and ice/heat application.
For stabler cases, they can also employ other methods like manual therapy, assisted stretches, soft tissue manipulation or even prescribe mobility exercises aimed at helping the injured area to heal more quickly. Our physiotherapists can also prescribe specific injury-related strengthening exercises to help further rehabilitate and stabilise the muscles around the injury site.
Shoulder pain can often include common signs and symptoms such as muscle stiffness and weakness, warmth or redness, a frozen/limited range of motion and any clicking, popping, or grinding sensation upon the mobilisation of your arm. These can be particularly distressing with how much the shoulder joint is used in our everyday functional movements.
At Core Fitness, our physiotherapists will assess you and help to pinpoint the source(s) of discomfort for your shoulder joint and surrounding muscles. For example, in some chronic cases, the root cause may even lie in something like not knowing how to engage the scapula correctly and the subsequent imbalances caused by overcompensating with other muscles for your activities.
Based on your goals and our tailored holistic treatment plan, we will be able to place focus on pre-rehabilitative or rehabilitative treatments, on strengthening the joint, and ultimately on bringing you back to your full functional status.
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