Shoulder pain and injury is common. Your shoulder is the most mobile of all your joints. Just think about how much it can actually move.
The reason for this movement is a very small joint contact zone. This essentially means that your shoulder is quite unstable. That is why your shoulder muscles are to a normally functioning shoulder.
In most cases, if you are suffering shoulder pain it is because your muscles are simply not strong enough or they are uncoordinated. Luckily, both of these dysfunctions can be normalized after a quality assessment and injury-specific exercises.
The shoulder is one of the largest and most complex joints in the body.
The shoulder joint is formed where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into the scapula (shoulder blade), like a ball and socket. Other important bones in the shoulder include:
The shoulder has several other important structures:
The humerus fits relatively loosely into the shoulder joint. This gives the shoulder a wide range of movements, but also makes it vulnerable to injury.
Shoulder pain is quite common, affecting around three in 10 adults at some time during their lives.
The first step in diagnosis is for a doctor to ask you questions about your shoulder pain. He will probably also carry out a physical examination looking for differences between the shoulders, redness, swelling bruising and signs of dislocation. The shoulder joint may be moved to see if any particular movement causes pain.
Depending on this initial diagnosis, further tests may be required, including:
People at risk of getting shoulder pain range from those who play contact sport like rugby, to those with condition such as diabetes and overactive thyroid. Suffering a traumatic incident, such as a car accident may also result in shoulder pain.
A local corticosteroid injection is often helpful for inflammation of the shoulder. For shoulder pain, movement exercises and physiotherapy may help. For cases in which tendons or ligaments are involved, surgical procedures may be necessary.
If shoulder surgery is required, then your physiotherapist may undertake:
Physio Works physiotherapists have a special interest and an excellent working relationship with Brisbane's leading shoulder surgeons to provide you with both conservative and operative rehabilitation options to ensure that you will attain the best outcome for your shoulder injury.