Physiotherapy for Shoulder Problems

Physiotherapy for Shoulder Problems

Shoulder problems caused by surgeries, injuries and degenerative conditions are successfully treated with physiotherapy to restore function, mobility with stability and to alleviate pain to maximize the quality of life.

The shoulder is a ball and socket type of joint which is stabilized by many ligaments and muscles that are attached to the shoulder area also to help move the shoulder in almost all directions. And this is why the shoulder is especially vulnerable to injuries and pain.

There are many causes of shoulder symptoms, but below are some of the most common shoulder conditions.

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

This is the most common shoulder condition in clinics and hospitals. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles that blends together and attaches to the point of the upper arm bone (humerus) and lies under the projection of the shoulder blade bone (scapula) where it often gets pinched or impinged below it due to certain over overhead movements and rotations of the arm. This causes pain and inflammation to the tendon of the rotator cuff. And depending on how early one seeks help from a physiotherapist, the pain can be mild to severe.

Biceps Tendonitis

Like the rotator cuff, the biceps tendon attaches to the shoulder blade bone and can be compressed or “pinched” under the bone or ligaments on and around it— resulting in an inflamed biceps tendon.

Bursitis

Bursa is a fluid-filled sac that lies between structures like tendons and bones to prevent excessive friction between them and allow for smooth movements. There is a bursa between the arm bone (humerus) and shoulder blade (scapula) which can get inflamed and cause pain in the shoulder at rest and with movement.

Adhesive Capsulitis aka Frozen Shoulder

This is another painful condition in which the capsule of the joint (ligaments surrounding the shoulder joint) becomes tight following trauma, disuse, Diabetes or stroke. It is a painful condition, and the shoulder gradually loses its mobility. It can last up to 2 years if physiotherapy treatment is not taken.

Peri-arthritic Shoulder

This is a painful degenerative condition of the shoulder whereby the shoulder joint starts ageing and causes pain with a reduction in mobility, making it difficult to perform day to day activities.  Physiotherapy can treat it successfully when treatment begins sooner rather than later.

Treatment of Shoulder Problems

Every shoulder condition is treated with different protocols, different exercises, manual techniques and modalities to achieve long and short-term goals.

Here at Guelph Rehab Centre, our success lies in our true collaborative approach with an experienced team of healthcare professionals lead by our physiotherapists. A thorough assessment of the shoulder will establish a time-based and customized treatment plan to achieve your rehab goals.

Our treatments include advanced manual techniques like Maitland’s Joint mobilization and Active release techniques, advanced and unique shoulder rehab exercises for faster recovery, as well as advanced modalities like Shockwave therapy, Laser, IMS and Dry needling techniques to reduce acute pain as efficiently as possible.

Why Some People Don’t Feel Therapy is Working for Them

Treating shoulder problems is very challenging and requires patience and compliance to therapy programs. Your prognosis is partially dependent upon how early treatment intervention is received as well as the type of collaborative and combined therapy that is executed in your customized plan. Often, patients seek individualized treatment for a period of time before moving on to another service type, or patients will have a multidisciplinary plan where the therapists are not collaborating— often resulting in overtreatment. Here at Guelph Rehab Centre, our team discusses a plan of action not only with the patient but with each therapist involved. This ensures efficient and effective care with longer lasting results.

Call Guelph Rehab Centre today and speak to one of our healthcare professionals for further details on how you can benefit from one of our shoulder treatment programs.