Shoulder Pain

Are you one of the ten per cent of the population whose life is affected by shoulder pain or dysfunction? Whether it be affecting you sports, work, leisure, sleep, or the performance of normal daily activities, the experienced Physiotherapists at 4 Life Physiotherapy can help.

Shoulder injuries are commonly treated by the staff at 4 Life Physiotherapy. Our therapists are trained in the latest assessment, treatment and rehabilitation techniques for shoulder injuries, and pride themselves on not just treating your symptoms, but addressing the underlying causes of your injury to give you the best possible outcome and help prevent injury recurrence.

The shoulder is a complex joint containing many potentially pain producing structures. It is the most mobile joint in the body and is subject to a high degree of repetition, load and forces in our sporting, working and daily lives. Unfortunately this mobility comes at the cost of stability, and as such the shoulder is prone to injury.

The Physiotherapists at 4 Life Physiotherapy are experienced in the management of a wide range of shoulder injuries including:

  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Tendonopathy
  • Impingement Syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
  • Dislocations / Subluxations
  • Instability Disorders
  • Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Injuries
  • Arthritic Conditions
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Contusions
  • Fractures
  • Rehab Following Surgery
  • Referred Pain

Shoulder injuries can be the result of gradual wear and tear or from a sudden acute injury or trauma. There are a number of factors that can contribute to or increase your risk of sustaining a shoulder injury. These include:

  • Repetitive overhead or reaching activities, particularly under load
  • Rapid acceleration / deceleration – i.e. throwing motion
  • Vibration exposure – tool use
  • Poor posture – rounded shoulders, hunched upper back, stiff thoracic spine
  • Poor shoulder & scapula biomechanics / muscle imbalances / poor technique
  • Joint laxity
  • Sports / work history
  • Increasing age
  • Previous traumatic shoulder injury – dislocation, AC joint injury, labral / tendon tears

As with most injuries, the structural cause of your pain is only part of the story. More importantly we need to identify what factors have caused these structures to be under stress and become painful in the first place. Our Physiotherapists will perform a thorough assessment of your shoulder injury to not only diagnose the structural cause of your symptoms, but to identify the underlying contributing factors that have led to your injury.

At 4 Life Physiotherapy we don’t believe in “recipe” treatments. After all no two people are the same and no two shoulder injuries are the same. Based on your assessment findings and goals our Physiotherapists develop individualised treatment and rehabilitation plans specifically for you. These are aimed at not only reducing your shoulder symptoms, but correcting the underlying causes of your injury, and rehabbing it to a level that will allow you to achieve your goals and return to normal activity as soon as possible, with reduced risk of injury recurrence.

Don’t put up with shoulder pain. Contact the experienced team at 4 Life Physiotherapy for comprehensive assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of your shoulder injury.