As one of the leading injury clinics in the northern suburbs; our team provide care to those in Doreen, Epping & surrounding areas including Mill Park, Yan Yean, Hurstbridge, Yarrambat, Mernda, Whittlesea & South Morang.
We aim treat your shoulder injury or pain as effectively and efficiently as possible, being conveniently located in Doreen. Our team of allied health professionals including Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists & Podiatrists offer professional care to address the source of your problem and pain.
Painful shoulder conditions that limit movement are very common, and are caused by injuries affecting the shoulder joint, muscles, tendons, ligaments and cartilage. As the shoulder has a high degree of flexibility, it is therefore less stable, and more prone to injuries than other joints of the body.
Since the nerves that supply the shoulder and arm originate from the neck and upper spine, conditions such as Vertebral Dysfunction commonly contribute to pain in the shoulder.
Shoulder pain can be caused by a variety of things, including injury, arthritis, or bursitis. The pain may be localised to the shoulder area, or it may radiate down the arm. The pain may be a dull ache, or it may be sharp and throbbing. It can make it difficult to move the arm, and may make it feel weak or numb. Treatment for shoulder pain will vary depending on the cause, but may include rest, ice, heat, anti-inflammatory medications, or physical therapy.
In order to determine the cause of your shoulder pain, your practitioner will conduct a full physical, orthopaedic, and neurological examination of the shoulder, cervical, and thoracic spine.
You will be asked to perform shoulder range of motion and muscle strength tests. Where the pain is felt, both at rest and during movement of the shoulder, provides important clues as to the cause of the shoulder pain.
The initial objective of all shoulder injuries is to relieve pain and inflammation. Whilst many doctors will recommend non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve pain and swelling, the benefit obtained by applying ice-packs can be equally, if not more beneficial.
As your shoulder begins to heal, it is vitally important to restore range of movement, and later to improve muscle strength so as to stabilise the shoulder and help prevent further injury and aggravation.
Your practitioner will be able to assist you with suitable shoulder range of motion exercises, and shoulder strengthening and rehabilitation exercises during your recovery.