Shoulder Physiotherapy

Shoulder pain is a common condition. Specific symptoms which may require physiotherapy for shoulder pain and range of motion include:

  • Pain in your shoulder and upper arm
  • Difficulty raising your arm and reaching overhead
  • Inability to carry objects or use your arm normally
  • Difficulty sleeping and lying on your shoulder

Causes of Shoulder Pain

Many factors can contribute to the development of pain and the need for shoulder physiotherapy. Often it is not a single factor but a combination of the following:

  • Age
  • Injury or trauma
  • Repetitive overhead activities (e.g., swimming, occupation)
  • Weak muscles or muscle imbalances

Some of the more common conditions include:

  • Rotator cuff tendinitis (inflammation of the rotator cuff tendons)
  • Rotator cuff tear (tearing to the rotator cuff tendons)
  • Shoulder instability (looseness of the shoulder joint)
  • Frozen shoulder (pain and stiffness)
  • Impingement (pinching of the shoulder’s tendons and soft tissues)

How Shoulder Physiotherapy Can Help

Getting an accurate diagnosis and identifying the contributing factors is key to effective treatment. Physiotherapists are highly skilled at assessing people with various types of shoulder pain. At HealthX, we will develop a plan to manage your physiotherapy for shoulder pain and injury. Generally, they prescribe:

  • Mobility exercises and physical therapy for shoulder movement
  • Specific exercise to improve shoulder muscle control
  • Manual therapy to increase movement of stiff shoulders
  • Education on activities to continue or reduce
  • Modalities for pain control

Our professionals will manage your shoulder pain physiotherapy through:

  • Assessing and determining the cause of your pain
  • Screening out serious conditions requiring medical follow-up
  • Examining your strength and how you move your shoulder
  • Applying special tests to isolate the problem
  • Determining if your posture, work or sporting activities contribute to the problem
  • For most shoulder conditions, there is no quick fix. Progress often takes several weeks.


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“Thanks to Matt at Healthx I have been able to get back to the track the fastest. IMS treatments have helped heal me incredibly. After all the doctors, physiotherapists and chiropractors, Matt is by far the most helpful.”

Miranda Gregory, Langley Mustangs Track & Field

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