The shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the body and it moves the shoulder in a variety of directions. When something goes wrong with your shoulder, it hampers your ability to move freely. This can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. The pain can be felt in the shoulder, along the arm and even in the fingers.
Shoulder and arm pain: shoulder pain can be caused by
- problems in the joint itself
- dysfunction in the cervical (neck)
- stiffness in thoracic area
- weakness in the muscles surrounding the shoulder girdle.
The referred pain in the arm/hand can have a neurological but also a muscular origin. The pain can be followed by loss of strength or feeling in some part of the arm and fingers.
Physiotherapy can help first of all to find the reason for the shoulder pain.
Muscular problems are often caused by
- overuse or wrong technique in sport
- repeated strain.
- incorrect posture over prolonged time,
- wrongly assessed workstation, can also cause a lot of problem in the shoulder and arm structures like rotator cuff muscles and tendons.
Of course there are other structures which can cause shoulder pain. For neural problems, we will carefully assess the spine and nerves and where appropriate we can refer you to a diagnostic scan or to a specialist.
Besides treating the soft tissue our physiotherapist will check the quality of the movement and the muscular balance. We pay a lot of attention to the way you use your arm and the whole body during your daily activities and sport specific drills.
Where appropriate you will teach you how to stretch and strengthen the involved muscles. Manual therapy, kinesio taping, traction and exercises are usually of great benefit.
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