Shoulder issues can occur after an event such as an injury, or gradually over time with no apparent cause. Symptoms could include pain, swelling, stiffness and instability. The neck can also be a cause of shoulder and arm symptoms such as heaviness, pins and needles and numbness.
The shoulder is a ball and socket joint, that allows a lot of movement in the upper limb with less joint stability. Therefore the shoulder muscles, ligaments and capsule are more prone to injury and other issues as they have to work harder.
Physiotherapists are experts in managing musculoskeletal problems such as shoulders. Physiotherapy can help identify the cause of your shoulder problem and help reduce symptoms. A full assessment is completed with individual treatment plans. This may include the following;
- exercise programme tailored to your needs
- Advice and education regarding pain management and return to activities
- hands-on techniques
Important things you need to know:
- If you have symptoms that are not getting better, particularly after a sporting incident or slip/trip/fall, with severe pain /reduced movement, please contact your GP or visit A&E/ Minor Injuries Unit
- Simple fixes can be really effective: rest but move the shoulder as able. Over-the-counter pain medication is helpful, as are old favourites ice and heat. Try both and see which works for you.