The shoulder joint can develop problems secondary to overuse, poor posture and biomechanics, or as a result of trauma from a fall or sports injuries.
A tear or strain of the rotator cuff is a common shoulder condition treated by physiotherapists. The deep rotator cuff muscles are very important in helping to hold the joint secure in its socket, whilst the more superficial trunk and postural muscles help to position the arm where it needs to be. A balanced interaction between these muscle groups is essential for a normal functioning shoulder.
Another common complaint in the shoulder is joint stiffness, either resulting from an injury or a condition called frozen shoulder.
How can physiotherapy help?
Your chartered physiotherapist will assess the joint and its surrounding muscles and work out a plan to decrease pain, restore movement, regain full strength and most importantly prevent the problem from recurring.
If appropriate, posture and correct biomechanics will be addressed and therapeutic strengthening exercises will be prescribed to improve the muscles imbalances around the shoulder joint. Manual therapy, taping and myofascial dry needling may also be used to alleviate pain and to help restore the normal function of the shoulder.
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