Shoulder Pain - Rotator Cuff treatment at the Physio Clinic - Naas & Dalkey. Physiotherapy and Chiropractor

Welcome to the Physio Clinic, Naas

Ross Allen
B.Sc. (Hons) Physiotherapy;  M.I.S.C.P.
B.Sc. (Hons) Chiropractic; D.C.; M.C.A.I.
Dip. Sports Injury Therapist

Sports Injury Specialist: Former underage Irish rugby international & county footballer

Knee, Shoulder & Joint Pain: Having successfully eradicated my own chronic knee & shoulder pain I understand how these conditions can be particularly responsive to appropriate treatment

Shoulder Pain & Rehabilitation

The shoulder joint is one of the most complex joints in the human body. Due to the large range of motion available at the shoulder it is an inherently unstable joint. In order to maintain stability, the shoulder has a complex system of ligaments, tendons and muscles. The rotator cuff muscles are a group of four muscles that act to hold the head of the humerus (arm) into the shoulder socket (glenoid fossa). Overload of these muscles and their tendon insertions are common in the ageing population & in athletes.

Often, several years of poor posture leads to gradual overload of shoulder structures such as the rotator cuff muscles. When a state of chronic overload exists at the shoulder then injury can occur more readily than would be the case with an otherwise healthy shoulder. This may manifest as a sudden pain after reaching overhead, falling or lifting weights. The goal, in such cases, is to alleviate symptoms while addressing the underlying postural abnormalities. Failure to address this component of the condition can predispose the individual to recurrence of their shoulder pain.

Restriction in movement and pain with overhead activities are common indicators of shoulder dysfunction. The earlier such problems are addressed the better the long-term outcome. Often patients will present reporting years of niggling pain in the shoulder that they hoped would go with rest. They frequently describe a recent increase in pain, clicking, night pain, or an inability to reach behind the back. These symptoms may indicate a condition that has progressed significantly & therefore will require more time to manage effectively.

Due to the complexity of the shoulder joint and the many structures that may give rise to pain, shoulder rehabilitation requires a more comprehensive approach than other joint conditions.

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