Shoulder injuries are common especially in sports which require overhead movements such as surfing, swimming, baseball or weightlifting. There are many structures (muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bone) which can cause pain in the shoulder.
Rotator cuff injuries:
The tendons of the rotator cuff (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis) can become irritated and cause pain when lifting and rotating the arm. An accurate diagnosis of where the rotator cuff is injured is important. Management consists of soft tissue therapy and exercises aimed at strengthening the rotator cuff, upper limb and upper back.
Impingement is very common and often causes an inability for the patient to raise their arm without a “pinching” sensation in the front of the shoulder. Impingement can be due to boney spurs, tendon inflammation, bursae irritation as well as weakness of the shoulder muscles and poor shoulder position. Management is aimed at strengthening shoulder position and normalising shoulder biomechanics to offload painful and injured tissues.
Referred pain from the muscles, joints and nerves in the neck can present as shoulder pain. It is important to assess the whole biomechanical chain to find the ture source of pain and to provide an accurate individualised management plan.
Trident Movement provides treatment of shoulder pain for the people of the Northern Beaches from Dee Why, Brookvale, Collaroy, Curl Curl, Freshwater, Manly to Frenchs Forest.