Common Shoulder Pain Conditions requiring Physiotherapy:
- Rotator Cuff Tendonitis – The subscapularis, supraspinatus, infraspinatus and teres minor muscles are small rotator cuff muscles that work to stabilise your shoulder joint. Tendonitis is an inflammation of these tendons that form a cuff around the front and side of the shoulder joint. One of the most common causes of rotator cuff tendonitis is repeated microtrauma to the rotator cuff tendons. Other causes are traumatic in nature e.g. from a fall or sudden pulling of a leash when walking your dog.
- Rotator Cuff Tears- as the name indicates, these are tears that occur to the rotator cuff tendons from sudden trauma or repeated microtraumas which can be degenerative in nature.
- Bursitis- A bursa is a fluid-filled sac that helps to reduce friction between tendons and bone around the shoulder joint. You have several bursae within and around your shoulder. Subacromial bursitis is most common (shoulder pain that is usually related to impingement of the bursa between your rotator cuff tendons and the acromion which is part of the shoulder blade). Another common type of bursitis is subdeltoid bursitis.
- Bicipital Tendinopathy- This is an inflammation of the long head of your biceps tendon usually caused by a combination of factors – overuse, tendon impingement, shoulder joint instability or trauma. Pain is felt in the front of the shoulder, sometimes radiating down to the elbow. Reaching forward and overhead usually cause pain.
- Frozen Shoulder- The correct medical term for frozen shoulder is adhesive capsulitis. It is a common cause of shoulder pain and occurs in about 2% to 5% of the population more commonly in women and 40 to 60 year olds. It basically means an inflammation of the shoulder capsule (capsulitis). These cause adhesions that limit your shoulder movement causing pain and stiffness.
- Shoulder Osteoarthritis- This is pain in the shoulder from damage to the cartilage and joint surfaces particularly if there have been previous injuries to the joint or accumulated overuse.
- Shoulder Instabilities- The shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in your body. However this increased multi-directional range of motion comes at the cost to the stability of the joint. Shoulder dislocations (when the joint is completely forced out of its normal position) and subluxations ( when the joint is partially forced out of its normal position) can occur as a result of sudden trauma or from underlying shoulder joint instabilities. Repetitive overhead motion can overstretch your shoulder ligaments and joint capsule. These conditions can cause painful movement of the shoulder joint.
How We Treat Shoulder Pain at Brentwood Physiotherapy Clinic:
- a detailed examination of your shoulder is performed with specific attention paid to your activities and occupation
- a diagnosis is made and explained to you so that you understand the nature and cause of your shoulder pain
- an evidence based treatment plan is designed specifically for you, taking into consideration your lifestyle
- communication with your family physician, coaches and trainers to advise and recommend treatment strategies
- appropriate referrals as required
If you have shoulder pain and want a diagnosis of your problem with positive outcomes allowing you to do what you love, then call us at 403-282-8050 to have one of our skilled and experienced Physiotherapists help you to return to what you love doing and live a pain free life.