Shoulder Pain Treatment - Sherwood Park

Shoulder Sprains – Rotator Cuff Strains – Tendinitis

Shoulder pain is a very common complaint seen by Global Physiotherapy. We see hockey players who have had repeated dislocations to avid golfers with a diagnosed rotator cuff tear. Shoulder pain can be associated with chronic neck and posture problems and is at risk of injury with over reaching or falling. The incidence of rotator cuff strains and tendinitis increases as we age, unfortunately. The small tendons that attach to the ball of the upper arm bone, the humerus, get more fragile and the blood supply to the muscles is not as good as in other areas of the body, such as the hand.

Global Physiotherapy – Sherwood Park
Shoulder Pain Treatment

780-467-9098
State of the art physiotherapy equipment
one-to-one shoulder pain treatment
Sherwood Park, Unit 148, 2693 Broadmoor Blvd.
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Global Physiotherapy upper quadrant assessment

Our experienced physiotherapists dedicate approximately an hour of one-to-one time to complete a detailed posture exam and evaluate the neck, shoulder and lower arm. We feel that it is important to get a complete picture of the contributing factors to your pain. Often we find issues on the side opposite to your pain that need to be addressed to resolve your condition.

How does my neck cause shoulder pain?

The nerves that supply the muscles and tissues of the shoulder come from the neck. A common posture habit is keeping the head forward of the shoulders. A crease in the skin lower on the neck is a clue to this chronic posture habit. Unfortunately for you, this is the level of nerve supply to the shoulder and arm. Chronic narrowing of the space where the nerves exit results in impaired blood supply to the nerves. The spinal nerves become irritated and in turn provide low-grade stimulation to the structures they supply. This feedback loop results in muscles that have a lower threshold to stimulation and can be vulnerable to strain or overuse with everyday activities. Combine this situation with some age related changes to the tendons and a partial tear and/or tendinitis can develop.

The muscle puzzle of shoulder pain

The shoulder is a confusing area of the body because the cause of pain is not necessarily under the area of pain. The rotator cuff muscles that are more to the front of the shoulder can cause back of the shoulder symptoms and vice versa. Often people experience pain further down the arm which can be referred pain and fascia changes in the arm that benefit from treatment. An experienced physiotherapist will decode the muscle puzzle and explain where your injury is and how Global physiotherapy treatments can resolve the shoulder pain.

Global Physiotherapy Treatments

Acute Tendinitis

If you have injured your shoulder one to four weeks prior to consulting a physiotherapist, the rotator cuff tendons may still be inflamed. This type of shoulder pain improves with ice and anti-inflammatory medicines or creams. However, if the pain keeps returning, you need help to improve the cell chemistry required for healing.

Laser and Regenerative Photon TherapyTM is the state of the art solution to help your muscles heal. This technology works with the cell messengers to improve the oxygen in the tissue, decrease swelling, increase the energy source for healing, decrease inflammation and bring the repair cells with increased blood supply. This technology works differently from ultrasound used in traditional physiotherapy practice. It has the capacity to treat more than one injured tendon more effectively and results in quicker recovery.

Rotator Cuff Tendinosis

If your symptoms have been present longer than a month or you have previously injured your shoulder, it is probable that you have tissue changes in the tendon. This is called tendinosis. The treatment challenge is to replace the abnormal tissue with healthy tendon tissue.

At Global Physiotherapy, our experienced physiotherapists target the tendons with manual techniques as well as with the laser and Regenerative Photon TherapyTM (RPT) chronic treatment strategies. Often clients with rotator cuff tendinosis will have reduced nerve flexibility and fascia tightness patterns combined with poor posture habits.

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder or capsulitis develops, usually after trauma. The history typically includes a period of tendinitis that progresses to tendinosis. Persistent pain contributes to the individual limiting the use of their shoulder to decrease pain. This condition is more common on the non- dominant arm.

Global Physiotherapy’s experienced physiotherapists have numerous treatments that can assist in resolving frozen shoulder. We may need to include many of the treatments listed below to assist you to regain functional motion:

  • Manual therapy
  • Laser and RPT
  • Medical Acupuncture
  • IMS (intramuscular stimulation
  • Lots of exercise

Post-Surgical Shoulder Rehabilitation

Global Physiotherapy staff are experienced with post-operative protocols to assist you to recuperate from a rotator cuff repair.

Global Physiotherapy – Sherwood Park
Shoulder Pain Treatment

780-467-9098
State of the art physiotherapy equipment
one-to-one shoulder pain treatment
Sherwood Park, Unit 148, 2693 Broadmoor Blvd.
Global Physiotherapy – Contact Form