Frequently Asked Questions on Shoulder Pains answered by leading Singapore Physiotherapy Clinic

FAQ on Shoulder Pain and how to prevent it

The shoulder is the most flexible joint in the body, allowing us the widest range of movement. This also means that the shoulders are most prone to injuries as are they the most unstable joint.

Most people don’t pay attention to shoulder health until their shoulders start hurting and affecting their quality of life, preventing them from carrying out simple daily activities such as wearing their clothes.

Here, we discuss and answer the frequently asked questions regarding shoulder pain from a physiotherapist’s perspective.

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Questions
  1. What are the common causes of shoulder pains?
  2. At what point should I see a physiotherapist for my shoulder pain or sore shoulder?
  3. How is shoulder pain diagnosed?
  4. How do you treat shoulder pain or shoulder sore joints?
  5. How do you prevent shoulder pain?
  6. Shoulder Pain - Does it require surgery?
  7. What type of sports should I stay away from if I have shoulder pain?
  8. When should I see a Physiotherapist for shoulder pain?
  9. I have a frozen shoulder. The doctor said I will never regain motion. Can physiotherapy help?
  10. How can I prevent shoulder pain?
  11. What is causing my shoulder pain and how did I get it?
  12. Will my shoulder pain or shoulder muscle ache get well if I leave it alone?

Answers

    Q1: What are the common causes of shoulder pains?

    Most shoulder pain arises due to 4 main reasons:

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    1. Muscular or tendon overuse
    2. Instability
    3. Degenerative changes
    4. Weakness of shoulder blade stabilising muscles
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    Q2: At what point should I see a physiotherapist for my shoulder pain or sore shoulder?

    If the pain is persistent for more than a week despite medication of painkillers and anti-inflammatories and continues to affect functional activities e.g. putting on or taking off clothing; carrying or lifting a load; reaching hand behind back etc. or may be even affecting the quality of sleep.

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    Q3: How is shoulder pain diagnosed?

    Our physiotherapists at Core Concepts will ask specific questions and perform a physical assessment that will help determine the mechanism driving your pain. Eg: a muscle strain can be painful but the root of the pain may be from certain weakness, tightness or compensatory strategies. The physiotherapist will have to do tests to help understand the root of the problem. If further clarification is necessary then investigations such as an XRay or MRI might be recommended.

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    Q4: How do you treat shoulder pain or shoulder sore joints?

    Frequently asked questions about the common Physiotherapy treatment methods are as follows:

    • Soft tissue releases
    • Joint mobilisation
    • Postural correction
    • Progressive strengthening programme
    • Stretching exercises
    • Activity modification
    • Heat/ice therapy
    • Ultrasound therapy
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    Q5: How do you prevent shoulder pain?

    Shoulder pain can be prevented by performing regular strengthening and stretching exercises for your shoulders and ensuring good posture is maintained. Also avoid sudden increases in activity level, instead ease your body into the transition.

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    Q6: Shoulder Pain - Does it require surgery?

    The need for surgery depends largely on the severity of the condition. In less severe cases, Shoulder Pain can be treated conservatively while in severe cases, some may require surgery.

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    Q7: What type of sports should I stay away from if I have shoulder pain?

    shoulder injury gives pain during overhead activities

    Most shoulder injury gives pain during overhead activities, hence sports like tennis, swimming, badminton might aggravate. A general rule of thumb is that if the activity causes pain, stop. Your physiotherapist can advise you after an assessment to suggest what can be safe to do.

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    Q8: When should I see a Physiotherapist for shoulder pain?

    Core Concepts Physiotherapy diagnosing client Shoulder PainSeeking a physiotherapist as early as possible would allow a more efficient recovery period. Very often, delaying treatment can cause the condition to worsen over time as it causes scar tissue buildup which can make it more challenging to treat. If you are experiencing shoulder pain or dislocated shoulder that is severe and limiting your movement, do seek treatment immediately.

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    Q9: I have a frozen shoulder. The doctor said I will never regain motion. Can physiotherapy help?

    We are unable to answer this unless we conduct a physical assessment for you. However, we have had many successes with clients who were experiencing frozen shoulder and they were able to regain motion. Do give us a call +62263632 or WhatsApp +6582410338 to set up an appointment to consult with our certified physiotherapists.

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    Q10: How can I prevent shoulder pain?

    Some precautions can be taken to prevent shoulder pain such as warming up before you work out or starting out slow if you haven’t done a specific activity in awhile. Listen to your body, if it starts to hurts when you exercise or do a certain activity – stop the activity. If the pain doesn’t go away, see a doctor or a certified physiotherapist immediately.

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    Q11: What is causing my shoulder pain and how did I get it?

    Physiotherapy giving Shoulder Joint Pain Relief and Massage TherapyThe shoulder is one of the most flexible joints in the body that allows us the widest range of movement, as a result, they are also the most unstable joint, making the shoulder prone to injuries. In order to determine what is ca using your shoulder pain, our physiotherapists would need to conduct an assessment before coming up with a diagnosis for your pain. After determining the diagnosis, we will be able to run through your physical activities to come to a conclusion regarding how the pain occurred.

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    Q12: Will my shoulder pain or shoulder muscle ache get well if I leave it alone?

    Depending on your condition, your shoulder pain may recover with sufficient rest and care. If it is a simple shoulder strain from exercising, you could experience a dull ache that goes away with time. However, if you are experiencing a sharp pain that limits your movement (eg: unable to move shoulder past a certain height) it would be advised to seek medical advice to determine if the condition is serious or not. If you have been experiencing shoulder pain for a prolonged period of time (more than a few weeks) that doesn’t seem to get better – do make arrangements to seek medical advice to determine the cause of your pain.

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