Your shoulder is made up of the shoulder blade (scapula), the collarbone (clavicle), and the upper arm bone (humerus). The shoulder is also surrounded by several soft tissue structures including tendons, ligaments and bones.
The shoulder joint tends to refer to your glenohumeral joint which connects the arm to your body. This joint is very unstable alone and requires the structures around to be strong to make sure it stays in place and is stable.
Good shoulder function is important for normal day-to-day activities and sporting activities. Recent years have brought many advances in the understanding of shoulder pain and lots of new treatment techniques and surgical procedures have become available however, the shoulder is a very complex joint and it can be difficult to diagnose what exactly is causing your symptoms.
Your physiotherapist can carry out a full assessment to determine what is causing your symptoms and what underlying condition you have.
What shoulder conditions do we treat?
There are several common shoulder conditions that we see at Farrell Physiotherapy.
Shoulder conditions we frequently treat include:
- Frozen shoulder
- Fractured clavicle (collar bone)
- Acromioclavicular (ACJ) pain
What treatment options are available for shoulder conditions?
There are several different treatment options for shoulder conditions and following assessment your physiotherapist will provide you with an individual treatment programme. Treatment varies depending on your condition and symptoms.
Treatment can include:
- Education and advice
- The use of a sling or bandage
- Protective and postural taping
- Rest from aggravating activities
- Postural exercises
- Flexibility exercises
- Joint manipulation
- Strengthening exercises
- Joint mobilisation
- Ice therapy
- Activity modification advice
- Soft tissue massage
- Ice or heat treatment
Sometimes scans such as an X-ray or CT scan may be required to see the extent of your shoulder condition, to confirm a fracture or to rule out any other causes of your shoulder symptoms.
What is the benefit of physiotherapy for a shoulder condition?
The benefits you receive from physiotherapy will depend on your initial complaint and your presenting symptoms and goals.
Physiotherapy leads to:
- Decreased pain
- Increased range of movement
- Increased strength
- Improved posture
- Enhanced recovery
Why choose Farrell Physiotherapy?
We pride ourselves on providing excellent patient care ensuring you are always at the centre of what we do. We are committed to continuous education and development to make sure we are up to date with the latest practices and therefore you can feel confident you are getting the best possible advice and care when coming to Farrell Physiotherapy.