Shoulder Pain Relief
Find The Shoulder Pain Relief You Deserve with Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, and Massage Therapy
Make Shoulder Pain a Thing of the Past!
There are numerous reasons why you may be experiencing shoulder pain, and the severity can range from the temporary discomfort of a pulled muscle to the agonizing “bone-on-bone” friction of arthritis, or so you’ve been told..
Shoulder pain can take many forms – it can show up when you’re reaching toward the top shelf to put dishes away or when you’re struggling to find a comfortable position to sleep. It can show up as a result of an injury, making you feel a dull aching pain, or even make you feel as if your shoulder is stuck.
Whatever type of shoulder pain you may be experiencing, Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation is dedicated to offering you the best solutions that can get you better, and back in the game, faster.
How will physiotherapy, chiropractic, and massage therapy help with my shoulder pain?
At Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation, the services are natural, easy, and comfortable. But most of all, they are effective ways to find relief for your shoulder pain, without the need for harmful drugs or invasive surgery.
The physiotherapists, chiropractors, and massage therapists at Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation have treated numerous patients with shoulder pain, with patients finding improvement and relief after just a few short sessions – and sometimes less!
Our Oakville, ON practitioners are movement experts, trained to pinpoint the cause of your pain through a variety of diagnostic techniques. During your physical exam, your therapist will move your neck and shoulder, assessing your posture, range of motion, and checking for structural damage using special orthopedic tests. Once complete, your physiotherapist or chiropractor will prescribe a plan for you that will focus on quick pain relief and other symptom modification through the application of one or more of specific movements, manual techniques, therapeutic modalities like acupuncture, and advice specific to your case. Afterward, recovery of function becomes important, and it will involve your physiotherapist or chiropractor expanding your treatment plan to include strengthening of your shoulder and surrounding muscle groups, as well as gradual (re-) exposure to your activity, and eventually back to normal.
No program is complete without teaching you some strategies and techniques to enhance your strength and to prevent the recurrence of future shoulder problems.
Common conditions resulting in shoulder pain
The complexities of the shoulder joint present many opportunities for pain-causing conditions. Some of the most common causes of shoulder pain include:
Rotator cuff tear
The rotator cuff is comprised of 4 muscles, tendons, and soft tissue that surround the shoulder joint. The job of the rotator cuff is to correctly guide the movement of the shoulder joint. With injury, overuse, poor posture, or even age, the rotator cuff can be partially or completely torn. Depending on the severity and situation, sometimes surgery is needed, but often the correct physiotherapy, chiropractic, and massage therapy treatments can help reduce pain and restore strength to the rotator cuff to compensate for the partial tear. If surgery is needed, physiotherapy, chiropractic, and massage therapy is an integral part of the pre and post-surgical rehabilitation for a full recovery.
Also known as “adhesive capsulitis,” frozen shoulder can occur if your arm has been in a cast or sling for a while due to an injury, or if you have been bedridden for an extended period of time. It results in a painful loss of motion in the shoulder with a tightening of the shoulder joint that severely limits motion. There are some ethnicities that are more predisposed, and women tend to have more instances than men. Frozen shoulder is more common in women in the 40-60 years of age.
Tendinitis, or now commonly referred to as tendinopathy, occurs from excessive overloading of the tendons, causing them to become inflamed and hypersensitive due to the demands of a laborious job, or an overhead activity, or sport.
The two main forms of arthritis that affect the shoulder are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage in the shoulder joint experiences significant “wear and tear”, or so you’ve been told, typically due to age or excessive overuse. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system decides to attack the membranes surrounding the shoulder joint, resulting in pain and inflammation. Both of these result in pain, range of motion loss, weakness to the shoulder muscles, and difficulty performing normal, daily tasks.
Impingement naturally occurs when you raise your arm over your head. But sometimes this movement can be hypersensitive and result in pain and loss of range of motion.
Referral from your neck
Believe it or not, approximately 50% of shoulder pain can be caused by a problem in your neck.
Could you be living with a rotator cuff tear?
Your rotator cuff is comprised of the muscles and tendons surrounding your shoulder joint. Sometimes, the rotator cuff can become torn or injured, due to repetitive overhead motions like those performed in sports like tennis or certain jobs like carpentry. Sometimes these tears are painful. But wouldn’t you know it, that in a large percentage of the population, they’re not!
If you are experiencing a rotator cuff injury or have been told you have a “torn shoulder”, you will generally feel a dull ache deep in your shoulder, arm weakness, difficulty reaching behind your backs, and disturbed sleep due to pain. At Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation, our natural and non-invasive methods can help relieve your shoulder pain and recover fully from your rotator cuff injury.
While rotator cuff injuries sometimes require surgery if they are severe enough, there are several cases where physiotherapy, chiropractic, and massage therapy treatments can work just as well (if not better).
Recent studies assert that when it comes to treatment of nontraumatic rotator cuff tears, physiotherapy alone produces results equal to those produced by arthroscopic surgery and open surgical repair.” So the general conclusion is that non-conservative treatment like physiotherapy, chiropractic and massage therapy should be considered as the primary treatment for this condition.
At Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation, we will conduct a physical evaluation to determine the nature of your rotator cuff pain, and we will design a personalized treatment plan based on the needs of your diagnosis and your physical goals.
How did my shoulder pain develop?
Your shoulder is capable of accomplishing many physical feats. It also has the greatest range of motion compared to all the joints in your body. As a “ball-and-socket” joint, the head of the upper arm bone, (humerus) fits perfectly in the corresponding space within the shoulder blade (scapula). However, with its complexities also comes the increased possibility of injury that causes shoulder pain and discomfort. The rotator cuff is the group of muscles that attaches them.
The type of pain you feel in your shoulder can vary, depending on what is causing it. Pain from impingement, for example, typically occurs as you raise your arm up, and begins at a certain point in the range of motion.
Pain resulting from a degenerative shoulder may create persistent aches every time you move your arm in certain directions. Acute injuries can result in sudden and intense pains that make it impossible for you to move your shoulder at all.
Ready to get started?
Don’t let your shoulder pain limit your physical abilities any longer! Our Oakville, ON physiotherapy, chiropractic, and massage therapy practice will get you the help you need to start living your normal life once again.
Contact Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation today to schedule your appointment and get started on your path toward pain relief, but more importantly, back to doing the things you love.