Have you had shoulder pain doing overhead movements or reaching in the back seat of the car , lifting shopping bags out of the car or simply just lying on the shoulder? Well, this is a signal for some swelling or inflammation happening within the joint. The pain can also be felt on prolonged sitting, pushing or pulling on something or lifting objects. There are various causes of shoulder pain. Some of the more common ones are as follows:
First and foremost it is important to rest the shoulder ! Easier said than done if it’s the right shoulder and if your work involves heavy lifting! However, if you continue to lift with a shoulder injury , it will certainly get worse. It can take days, weeks or months depending on how your body deals with it. By resting I did not mean a complete bed rest but depending upon the severity of the injury, it is important to at least avoid the aggravating movements. The aggravating movements will be quite different for a person who has just undergone surgery to one who has a minor shoulder pain. This is where Physios come into the picture.
Our Physiotherapists can accurately diagnose the problem and let you know what movements to avoid. The Physio may advise ultrasound scans of the Shoulder for diagnosis, if necessary. We use hands on techniques to reduce pain and swelling around the joint. And prescribe strengthening exercises to combat muscle weakness. Taping may be used to support the movement of the muscle and support it while the arm is being used.
The Physiotherapist may use a combination of the following techniques: