Physiotherapy Treatment for Shoulder Pain

Physiotherapy is a very effective treatment for shoulder pain. At Susan Quin Physiotherapy, I will assess your shoulder to figure out why it hurts or why it is stiff. Physiotherapy exercises will help shoulder pain, shoulder stiffness or shoulder weakness.


Physiotherapy treatment of the shoulder can include:

  • Exercises to settle shoulder pain, to stretch a stiff shoulder, neck or upper back, to strengthen a weak shoulder or to strengthen your shoulder blade area.
  • Tape to ease pain, to support and to to stabilise your shoulder while it heals.
  • Advice on how to prevent your shoulder getting sorer, e.g. your desk and keyboard position, the way you throw a ball or the grip on your tennis racquet.
  • Massage to loosen tight shoulder muscles or ligaments.
  • Manual therapy to stretch a stiff shoulder joint.
  • Advice on how to relieve shoulder pain at night.
  • Treatment of your neck and upper back if needed.

What causes shoulder pain?

  • Rotator Cuff Tear or Tendinopathy
  • Impingement (tendon or bursa is squashed)
  • Capsulitis/Frozen Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Instability (the joint is too loose)
  • Dislocation/Subluxation
  • Bursitis (inflammation)
  • Fracture
  • Pain referred from your neck or upper back

Why does the shoulder get injured?

The shoulder moves in many directions. This allows lots of movement but it also makes it easier to injure.  The shoulder is a ball and socket joint. The upper part of your arm fits into a socket in the shoulder blade (the ball and socket). Your shoulder blade sits on the back of your rib cage. The shoulder blade is connected to your back by muscles. Muscles like the rotator cuff, deltoid, trapezius, latissimus (lats) and the pectorals (pects) then move the shoulder. You see the shoulder is complex, clever and complicated! All that extra movement makes it more susceptible to injury. Movement of your shoulder is connected with movement of your neck and back as well. Move one part and the other changes position too. Physiotherapy Treatment addresses these issues as well.

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Susan Quin Physiotherapy provides Home Visits for Personalised Physiotherapy Assessment and Treatment in the Raheny, Clontarf, Killester, Artane, Fairview, Donaghmede, Clongriffin, Malahide, Portmarnock, Baldoyle, Sutton and Howth areas.

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