Shoulder Injury and Pain Treatment in Melbourne

Shoulder injuries can happen for a number of different reasons – falling onto the outstretched arm, lifting something too heavy, repetitive movements or sustaining a blow to the shoulder.

It is a complex joint requiring expert assessment to diagnose the right shoulder treatment option.

Potential problems include:

  • Bursitis
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Labral tears
  • Instability, overuse injuries
  • Arthritis.

Our shoulder physiotherapy experts in Melbourne will accurately diagnose the problem and get you started on the right shoulder pain treatment plan.

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What have I done to my shoulder?

There are many structures that can be damaged in the shoulder including the rotator cuff group of tendons, subacromial bursa, shoulder ligaments, joint capsule, and all the muscles and associated joints about the shoulder. This is a complex joint!

Accurate diagnosis is essential to guide the right treatment approach for your shoulder. Our physios will perform a very specific physical assessment which will identify injured structures and joints that are either stiff or lax. They will go on to assess your shoulder biomechanics and find muscle imbalances such as weakness or tightness which may be perpetuating your problem. This close assessment guides your treatment plan and choice of treatment modalities.

Hands on physiotherapy for my shoulder

After assessment your physiotherapist will use a combination of hands on physiotherapy techniques and exercise instruction to guide your recovery.

Hands on therapy is used to restore joint mobility and release tight muscles as quickly as possible. Your physiotherapist may even use dry needling techniques to get muscle knots to release. You may need a few sessions of hands on therapy to get your shoulder moving again without pinching or pulling.

Following expert assessment of your shoulder biomechanics our physiotherapists will then prescribe you a set of rehab exercises aimed at restoring smooth, pain free movement and preventing recurrence. This may involve strengthening the rotator cuff muscles, biomechanical re-education and stretching of tight muscles. The exercises will be tailored to suit your individual needs, i.e. at home or the gym.

Your physiotherapist will progress your exercises over a 4-6 week period to help regain strength and function in your shoulder.

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What can I do to fix my shoulder?

It is vital for your recovery that you stick with your specific exercise program taught by your physiotherapist.

It takes 6-12 weeks to restore normal shoulder biomechanics and strength and you have to perform your exercise program at least 5 times a week. This will be a major factor in helping you achieve a good recovery. Sometimes you may overdo it and you should discuss any problems with your physiotherapist and they will help you with ongoing decisions.

A team approach

A combined approach with your doctor is often best for problematic shoulders. Your physiotherapist may advise you to see your doctor to organise further investigations such as an ultrasound or MRI to further define any pathology and help guide treatment.

Sometimes a cortisone injection into the shoulder may be needed and occasionally you may be asked to see an orthopaedic specialist for opinion or surgery.

If shoulder surgery is required you will once again be needing your physiotherapist to help with rehabilitation exercises.

About Backfocus Physiotherapy

Backfocus Physiotherapy offers the highest quality physiotherapy and allied services in Melbourne and wider Victoria. Our motivated, highly skilled and friendly therapists work closely with you to help achieve your lifestyle goals.

Backfocus Physiotherapy has physiotherapy clinics in Melbourne CBD, Diamond Creek, Epping, Hurstbridge, Kyneton, New Gisborne, Spotswood, Sunbury and Woodend in Victoria.

Find out more

Call 1300 366 284.