Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is a common complaint among patients of all ages.

Shoulder pain can start with an injury, or even more commonly it begins gradually over a period of weeks to months or even years. It is often seen in patients who perform repetitive or overhead activities and becomes more common with aging. In some cases, shoulder pain can start for what seems like no reason at all.

What can you do for Shoulder Pain?


   Activity rest (no heavy or overhead lifting, or activities that aggravate your pain)
   Ice (15minutes at a time, 1-3 times a day) 

   Medication such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or naproxen (at the advice of your doctor)

   Maintain a good posture through the day 

   Avoid sleeping on a sore shoulder when possible 

   Gentle exercises – pendulum, wall walk, shoulder blade squeeze 


Most cases of shoulder pain can improve with the above within a week. 



When should you seek treatment?


  • Following a specific injury rather than a slow onset 

  • Decreased ROM or weakness 

  • Any shoulder pain lasting more than a week 

How Physiotherapy can help?


   Identify whether your pain is soft tissue, joint, etc or caused by impingement, muscle imbalance, postural, overuse, age, etc
   Identify which rotator cuff muscle(s) may be problematic 

   Decrease pain with ultrasound, acupuncture, IFC, TENS

   Increase ROM with manual therapy and exercises

   Establish an appropriate gradual strengthening program, individual for each patient 

   Educate on proper lifting techniques and restrictions

   Suggest further imaging or next steps when appropriate 

Carly will work towards achieving your goals of recovery whether it’s to return to pitching a full game or just be able to lift your arm up without pain. 

Together… let's fix your pain! 


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