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Shoulder Pain


Shoulder physiotherapy can relieve the symptoms of shoulder pain. Shoulder pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal conditions seen in primary care [1], after low back and neck pain. It affects one in three adults [23], accounting 1 % of General Practice consultations in primary care [4]. In working-age populations, the prevalence of shoulder pain associated with musculoskeletal disorders is even higher [5], and increases with age [6].

A shoulder disorder;

  • usually results in pain
  • commonly accompanied by restrictions in movement

Common musculoskeletal conditions include;

  • frozen shoulder
  • calcifying tendonitis
  • tears
  • gleno-humeral instability
  • subacromial syndrome
  • rotator cuff tear
  • rotator cuff tendonitis
  • biceps large portion tendonitis

A Physio Can Help

If pain persists for longer than a few days and or the following are present, a physio should be consulted;

  • difficulty using the arm
  • difficulty carrying objects
  • constant pain not alleviated by rest
  • bruising or swelling around the shoulder joint or arm

If you need specialist physio for shoulder pain, contact us online or call 02 8544 3231 now.


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2. Chard MD, Hazleman R, Hazleman BL, King RH, Reiss BB. Shoulder disorders in the elderly: a community survey. Arthritis Rheum. 1991;34:766–9.

3. Van der Heijden GJ. Shoulder disorders: a state-of-the-art review. Baillieres Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 1999;13:287–309.

4. van der Windt D a, Koes BW, de Jong B a, Bouter LM. Shoulder disorders in general practice: incidence, patient characteristics, and management. Ann Rheum Dis. 1995;54:959–64.

5. Roquelaure Y, Ha C, Leclerc A, Touranchet A, Sauteron M, Melchior M, Imbernon E, Goldberg M. Epidemiologic surveillance of upper-extremity musculoskeletal disorders in the working population. Arthritis Care Res. 2006;55:765–78.

6. Linsell L, Dawson J, Zondervan K, Rose P, Randall T, Fitzpatrick R, Carr a. Prevalence and incidence of adults consulting for shoulder conditions in UK primary care; patterns of diagnosis and referral. Rheumatology. 2006;45:215–21.

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