Shoulder injuries are quite common due to the unstable nature of the shoulder joint. They can also be quite painful and often lead to a restriction in completing daily activities.
It is vital for all the muscles in and around the shoulder to be precisely coordinated to achieve a normally functioning shoulder. Additionally, due to its instability, even the most minor injury to one of these muscles or supporting structures can throw the entire shoulder out of whack.
Common Shoulder Injuries
At Ormond Physiotherapy we have experience in treating a range of shoulder injuries, the most common include;
Rotator Cuff Injury
The rotator cuff is the group of four muscles and their tendons which form a cuff around the shoulder joint, to keep the shoulder stable and help it move.
The most common rotator cuff injuries include; rotator cuff syndrome, rotator cuff tear, rotator cuff tendonitis, and shoulder impingement syndrome.
Adhesive capsulitis, as known as frozen shoulder, is a stiff and painful shoulder joint. It generally occurs due to inflammation, swelling and contraction of your shoulder lining.
AC Joint Injury
The acromioclavicular joint, in conjunction with ligaments, connect your collarbone and shoulder blade. An AC Joint injury can also be known as a shoulder separation. AC joint injuries are graded from I to III. AC joint injury can occur due to a hit to the tip of the shoulder, the top of the shoulder or an outstretched arm.
If you have sustained a shoulder injury, it is crucial to have it assessed by a healthcare professional. Generally, the quicker you get on to it, the better the prognosis. Your therapist will learn about the incident and complete a thorough assessment of your shoulder and the surrounding muscles. Your therapist may also refer you for imaging should they feel it is required. Once a diagnosis has been made, a treatment plan will be developed and discussed to ensure the best recovery.
Treatment options for shoulder injuries vary depending on your specific injury. It may involve a combination of;
With a rehabilitation plan combining manual therapy and a carefully structured exercise program, normalisation of the movement in and around the shoulder can be achieved.
Is you are experiencing any discomfort in your shoulder, the team at Ormond Physiotherapy welcome the opportunity to assist you in your recovery. To make an appointment, please call our team on 9578 6588, or you can book online.