Injuries to the shoulder joint are relatively common due to the movable nature of the joint, it is one of the most flexible joints in the body. Shoulder injuries can be caused by damage to any of the tissues surrounding the shoulder joint. These injuries can include but are not limited to: sprains, strains, dislocations, tendinopathies, bursitis, rotator cuff tears, frozen shoulder, fractures or arthritis.
Shoulder injuries like the above can occur suddenly or more slowly over a period of time. The typical presentation for many of these injuries will limit the shoulders natural range of motion and may cause pain when attempting to move the shoulder through this range.
Here at Owen Feeney Athletic Therapy, we have had many successes treating patients suffering from various presentations of shoulder injuries. The first step of this process is to take a thorough history to determine the root cause and exact location of the pain. It is key also to determine the mechanism of injury for each patient and their own aggravating and easing factors. Following on from this, patients will go through a physical examination. This would typically include an assessment of movement, pain and tenderness of the joints in the surrounding area. If nerve root compression is indicated, a neurological assessment will be performed.
When the relevant information is gathered from patients, the second step on the journey can begin. This step will typically include the prescription of movements and exercises, as well as hands-on therapy if necessary. These exercises and treatments are tailored to each individual based on their own requirements, there is no one shoe fits all approach to addressing shoulder injuries.