Shoulder pain is a common complaint that seems to increase with age. Problems in the shoulder occur with everyday wear and tear, overuse, or injury. The shoulder is a ball and socket joint (like the hip, but not as stable) and since your shoulder moves every time you move your arm, it is not difficult to imagine that shoulder problems could affect 15 to 30 per cent of adults at any one time. Shoulder injuries are a common reason to visit the physio.
When to see a physio
It is sensible to consult your APA physio if your shoulder pain fails to clear up after a couple of days of rest and application of ice (if the injury is recent) or heat (if the pain is from a chronic condition).
Other indications that it is time to call your physio are:
- inability to use the arm or to carry objects
- inability to raise the arm
- pain while at rest
- swelling or significant bruising around the shoulder joint or on the arm.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is important that you have your condition assessed by a physiotherapist.
An APA physiotherapist may prescribe a tailored series of exercises to prevent and manage injury and help optimise your health.
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