Having Shoulder Pain? Stiff Shoulders Causes, Symptoms and Relief Treatment

Common Shoulder Conditions

Here are some common conditions causing shoulder pain are inflamed or damage tendons, over usage, frozen shoulder, arthritis, biceps tendon rupture and other causes. Uncertain of your condition? Visit us for an assessment and we will help you figure it out. 

Physiotherapy giving Shoulder Joint Pain Relief and Massage Therapy

Treat Your Shoulder Pain Conditions Early

Get Better and Stay Better.

It is important to seek medical advice from a physiotherapist to get an accurate diagnosis of your shoulder pain condition. Only after getting an accurate diagnosis, then will you be able to apply the appropriate treatment methods to resolve the pain. Instead of self-diagnosing and risking the chance of an inaccurate diagnosis, it would be better to consult with our physiotherapists.

Are you experiencing Shoulder Pain?

Physiotherapy for shoulder pain treatment could be the solution for shoulder pain relief. Sore Shoulder or Shoulder pain is one of the more common regional pain syndromes that affects around 26% of adults at any point in time. Using the same repetitive movement or manual labour may also cause shoulder pain, even athletes could overstress their shoulder muscles or joints.

If you experience shoulder pain, it is important to seek treatment or further advice from a certified doctor or physiotherapist before the issue deteriorates. Contact us or click on the WhatsApp button to speak with us.

Physiotherapy Provides More than Just Immediate Shoulder Pain Relief

Immediate Shoulder Pain Relief – Getting Better

During your first session, your physiotherapist will run a thorough assessment to accurately determine the cause of your pain. Afterwhich, your physiotherapist will help to provide immediate pain relief through manual therapy, Shoulder Massage Therapy by releasing tight knots/ shoulder tension or reducing the compression in your shoulder. This will ensure that you will walk out of our door in significantly less pain than when you first came to us.

Physiotherapy giving Shoulder Joint Pain Relief and Massage Therapy
Physiotherapy helping a client with shoulder pain relief.

Effective Shoulder Pain Treatment

Here at Core Concepts Physiotherapy Singapore, we practice a value-based healthcare system – where we aim to maximize your rehabilitation potential. Our goal is to get you feeling better at the soonest with as few sessions as possible. During your first session, your physiotherapist will also find out more about your treatment goals and develop a treatment plan that is suited to your needs.

Lasting Shoulder Pain Relief – Staying Better

Instead of only fixing the obvious symptoms, we dive deeper to find out the root cause of your pain. We work on resolving that as well to ensure that the pain does not return. Your treatment plan will also include fixing the root cause of your shoulder and arm pain to ensure that it does not trigger again.

Better than Before

Apart from simply providing shoulder pain relief, for some cases, we can maximise your rehab potential. Going beyond what you were capable of doing before the incident. You may have been able to stretch your arm to a certain degree before feeling pain previously. You may have started going for physiotherapy after straining your shoulder. We can help you to do better than simply going back to how you were before. You could aim to stretch even further without discomfort.

What is Shoulder Pain Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapists are experts in human anatomy and are experts in matters relating to muscles, bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments. Shoulder Pain Physiotherapy aims to relieve pain and treat the condition through methods such as manual therapy, massage therapy, manipulation, and exercises. Physiotherapy does not involve any medication or surgery but our physiotherapists can refer you to a specialist and work closely with them if necessary.


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My physiotherapist Yiren is very patient and encouraging from the start. He communicates very well about my problem and how he is guiding me to strengthen the right muscles. I was also directed to Sufian who helped me to target stretching and strengthening exercises. He makes the exercise sessions fun and engaging. I am grateful that my right knee has improved tremendously and I got discharged today. Thanks Yiren and Sufian, and to all the helpful service staff at Core Concepts.
Joelyn Ong
Joelyn Ong
07:50 18 Mar 20
thank you Core Concepts for getting me straightened out again.
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Shayne Phillips
Shayne Phillips
04:53 05 Jun 20
Been coming to core concepts for a shoulder injury. Managed to have it properly diagnosed and treated. Thank you Lynn!
Galvin Tan
Galvin Tan
06:35 03 Sep 20
Underwent physio sessions at harborfront centre branch and it was very professional and helpful for my condition. Therapists are friendly and knowledgeable.
Tan Chwee Kiat
Tan Chwee Kiat
16:26 23 Dec 20
Professional, knowledgeable personnel, in addition kind and helpful! What more can one ask for!
Jayce Lin
Jayce Lin
04:05 07 Dec 19
Great results from my period of physio at Core Concepts. Friendly service and very good facilities. Recommended.
Michael Henderson
Michael Henderson
06:51 01 Jul 20
I get my back treated by Sylvia mainly, I struggled with an injury for a couple of years. CC has helped me return to sports, something I thought I'd never be able to. The team here is lovely and welcoming, I recommend giving the clinic a shot, especially if you have any persistent injuries.
Kaiser Leung
Kaiser Leung
01:39 15 Oct 19
Magdelene Teng explained me well what is wrong with my shoulder and showed me exercises how to improve specific muscle groups. Very professional and very helpful. Highly recommended.
Ulrich N
Ulrich N
11:42 07 Feb 19
Came for a massage session with Jessie & it was a fantastic experience. I was blown away by her service & massage skills! The front desk ladies Carol&Nina are a bunch of cheerful, helpful & pleasant people. Will definitely recommend Core Concepts to my family & friends! Keep up the good work guys!
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04:58 23 Oct 19
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Core Concepts – Shoulder Pain Relief Specialists

Having shoulder pain that lasts for more than a few weeks can be a hindrance to your daily activity. Some activities such as wearing a t-shirt can be a daily pain. Apart from the physical toll on your body, living in constant pain can also impact your mental wellbeing negatively. A physiotherapist will be able to accurately diagnose the root cause of your shoulder pain, relieve the immediate issues and come up with a treatment plan to ensure that the pain does not recur.

The Human Anatomy

It is an interlinked system of bones, shoulder muscles, shoulder joints, ligaments that help you to perform your daily functions. Thus when one part of the body starts hurting, there is a possibility that the pain could be attributed to another part of the body. One simple movement such as throwing a ball involves not only the shoulder but the entire arm.

For instance, if your shoulder is injured, it could result in neck pain. Neck pain occurs because you are unable to move your arm normally. This could result in additional pressure on the neck, causing neck strain or pain. Or vice-versa.

Finding the root cause of pain.

Shoulder Pain, like a fever, is a symptom and could be an indication of a multitude of problems. Medication can get rid of the fever, but without going to the doctor to get a proper diagnosis, you will be unable to find out the root cause of the fever. Without treating the root cause, the fever will likely return. And the body has an amazing to heal and recover from a whole host of problems.

Likewise, pain is a symptom and you can temporarily relieve the pain through pain medication and hot compresses. Without consulting a professional physiotherapist, you will not be able to find out the root cause of your pain. If your body cannot adequately heal, it often leads to chronic issues and long-term problems later on. Other times it doesn’t heal right like a broken bone not set properly or dislocated shoulder. Your physiotherapist can help you do that.

At Core Concepts Singapore

We understand the importance of diagnosing and treating the root cause to prevent a recurrence. We are firm believers in ‘The Thinking Physiotherapist’ and acknowledge that pain is a symptom and has various layers.

Our first step is determining the root cause of the problem by digging deeper into the symptoms layer by layer. After determining the root cause, we resolve the multiple layers of pain you feel. Instead of just simply temporarily relieving your pain symptoms, we also aim to fix the underlying cause. After, our team of physiotherapist ensure that your pain doesn’t return by making sure your body is stronger and more functional.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Shoulder Pain

  1. When should I see a Physiotherapist for shoulder pain?

    Seeking 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 that is severe and limiting your movement, do seek treatment immediately.

  2. 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 to set up an appointment to consult with our physiotherapists

  3. 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.

  4. What is causing my shoulder pain and how did I get it?

    The 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 causing 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.

  5. Will my shoulder pain 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.