Physiotherapy for Shoulder Pain Edinburgh
One of the most common complaints we see at ProMOTION Physiotherapy is shoulder pain. It can be very debilitating, impacting on sleep and day to day functional activities. We love treating shoulder pain and our Chartered Physiotherapists have taken additional training and learning to keep up with new evidence in the management and treatment of shoulder conditions. We can provide you with effective Physiotherapy for your Shoulder Pain.
What Can Cause Shoulder Pain?
Shoulder pain can happen following an acute injury (traumatic shoulder pain) or develop over time for no apparent reason (atraumatic shoulder pain).
Traumatic Shoulder Pain
Traumatic shoulder injuries can occur during sporting activities, trips and falls or perhaps doing some new activities that you would not normally do such as sledging!
Examples of traumatic shoulder injuries include Labral Tears, Rotator Cuff Tear, Shoulder Dislocation, Acromioclavicular Joint Dislocation or Humeral Head Fracture. For many of these injuries you are likely to attend A&E or a minor injury unit in the first instance. Physiotherapy can help with your rehabilitation post initial management to help you regain full function.
Atraumatic Shoulder Pain
Atraumatic shoulder pain occurs without specific injury. You may have taken up a new hobby or activity and used your shoulder in a way that you don’t normally do. For example, doing a new project in the garden or taking up tennis when you haven’t played in a long time. Commonly shoulder pain can occur without any such history. Examples of atraumatic shoulder pain include:
Frozen shoulder (also know as Adhesive Capsulitis) can be an extremely painful condition in which the shoulder becomes stiff. It is one of the most painful conditions of the shoulder and can often come on for no apparent reason.
Rotator Cuff Related Shoulder Pain
Rotator cuff related shoulder pain (RCRSP) is a term that covers a spectrum of shoulder conditions which include; subacromial pain (impingement) syndrome, rotator cuff tendinopathy, and symptomatic partial and full thickness rotator cuff tears.
Calcific tendonitis refers to a build-up of calcium in the rotator cuff (calcific deposit). When calcium builds up in the tendon, it can cause a build up of pressure in the tendon, as well causing a chemical irritation which leads to pain.
Pain Referred from Neck
Sometimes pain in the shoulder region does not actually come from a structure in the shoulder itself. Very commonly pain can be referred from the neck to your shoulder. Our physiotherapists are skilled at assessing your problem in full, this will always involve assessing your neck when you complain of shoulder pain!
How can Physiotherapy Help Shoulder Pain?
Our experienced team of Chartered Physiotherapists can assess your shoulder pain, diagnose your shoulder condition and work with you using a number of treatment techniques to get you back to doing the things that you love.
Treatment normally involves:
- Educating you on your specific problem
- Rehabilitation exercises appropriate for your condition, symptoms and stage of injury
- Manual (Hands-On) techniques to reduce muscle tensions and improve mobility of your shoulder.
- Taping techniques to reduce pain and irritability
If you are in need of help or advice you can book an appointment.