Why We Treat Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is so common that reliable data on its prevalence is hard to quantify. We do know that research in the US indicates that healthcare spending on shoulder pain is around $7 billion annually.

Finding that you can’t perform normal day-to-day activities without nagging shoulder pain is annoying at best, and seriously life-limiting at worst. The ability to move and just ‘be’ comfortably forms a big part of our most basic sense of wellbeing. In addition, the ability to function fully and comfortably is fundamental to us thriving and providing for ourselves and our families. 

We take shoulder pain very seriously, and our decisive approach to its treatment reflects that.

How To Treat Shoulder Pain

We work hard to relieve your shoulder pain as quickly as possible. Using treatments that ease muscle spasm, increase tissue mobility, increase blood flow, decrease inflammation & break up scar tissue.

Our treatments combine some of the most advanced pain management technologies available anywhere; with a range of manual pain relief methods. Our vision for the care we provide is pretty simple  ‘’All the stuff that actually works and none of the stuff that doesn’t – under one roof’’’.

If you need preventative measures for long-standing shoulder pain we have got you covered. Combining specific exercises with tailored ergonomic solutions is the key to preventing recurrence in most cases of stubborn shoulder pain. 

Should Pain Causes

Understanding the roles of lifestyle, posture and injury in generating shoulder pain is the key to understanding most shoulder pain cases. Learn more about possible causes of your shoulder pain here.

Shoulder Pain Treatments

There are many possible ways to find some relief from shoulder pain. Finding out which combination of treatments will work best for you starts with gaining an awareness of what the options are.

Should Pain Exercises

Rehabilitation is an important topic for many people who have had stubborn shoulder pain issues. A handful of our rehabilitation exercises for shoulder pain are covered in detail here for you.

Shoulder Pain FAQs

Rotator cuff tears are generally characterised by pain and limited movement of the shoulder,  that was initiated by an injury event. The pain of a rotator cuff tear can be very sharp and have a ‘catchy’ quality with certain movements and in certain positions.

It is impossible to know for sure whether you have a rotator cuff tear, diagnosing rotator cuff tears involves a combination of specific orthopaedic tests and imaging techniques like ultrasound. 

There are many cases of rotator cuffs settling down and functioning quite happily despite having a tear in one of the tendons. This is most likely because there are multiple tendons,  in the instance of a tear in one tendon stability can still be enforced by the remaining intact tendons. It is not advisable to decline surgery without at least pursuing an extended and professionally prescribed rehab program to strengthen your rotator cuff. It may also be inadvisable to decline survey if you have a major tear that is not improving with attempts at treatment and rehab. 

The best treatment for rotator cuff injury depends on many factors. The severity and location of the injury, your lifestyle and even your genetics play a role in what will work best for you treatment wise. The smartest way to treat rotator cuff injury is with a ‘flexible’ and ‘conservative’ approach. Flexible in this context means using a variety of treatments and tools to see what works for you (eg. acupuncture, stretching, deep tissue release). Conservative in this context means starting with the least invasive options possible (eg. consider acupuncture and rehab exercises before considering surgery).

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