Shoulder pain is a very common problem as the shoulder joint was built to allow 360° mobility with stability being compromised. The rotator cuff is made up of four strap-like muscles which pass from the shoulder blade to the arm bone. This ‘cap’ or cuff provides rotation and elevation of the arm and stabilises the shoulder joint. Trauma from overhead sporting activities, lifting, ‘wear and tear’ and degeneration from ageing, as well as poor blood supply predispose the tendon to inflammation and tearing.
The most common tendon injury in the shoulder is rotator cuff tendonitis (inflammation) or rotator cuff tear (90% supraspinatus tendon tears).
How is SHOULDER PAIN treated by Physiotherapists
The physiotherapy treatment involves deep tissue massage, mobilisation and stretching techniques, electrotherapy modalities and strapping. Theraband rehabilitation exercises to strengthen the cuff and scapular (shoulder blade) stabilisers will be prescribed.