Shoulder Pain2024-06-02T17:13:50+00:00

Shoulder Pain

Don’t shoulder the burden alone.

Sometimes, when things go wrong, it can lead to both disability and pain. As the shoulder is involved in most upper limb movements, shoulder pain can be hugely debilitating in daily life, such as lifting, driving, eating or even getting dressed. Get in touch with one of our specialist Physiotherapists for an assessment and treatment to speed up your recovery.

What type of shoulder pain do you have?

Pain in the shoulder can affect the front, back or side of the shoulder. It can range from a deep dull aching, to a sharp shooting pain. In some cases it can involve the neck, refer down the arm, or even be accompanied by some clicking, creaking and crunching. Here are some of the types of shoulder pain we deal with:

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Rotator Cuff Tears

A rotator cuff tear can make it difficult to perform any overhead activities due to pain, weakness or instability. This can make it difficult to perform day to day activities such as washing and dressing or playing sports.

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Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and can result in severe pain, especially in the shoulder. This occurs when the cartilage (connective tissue that protects our joints) begins to breakdown.

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Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder can cause pain and stiffness in your shoulder, potentially, significantly decreasing your range of motion. 

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Shoulder Bursitis

Bursitis is inflammation to the bursa, sometimes caused by compression, with the most common place occurring under the acromial arch of the Scapula. A bursa is a fluid filled sack that lies between bone and soft tissue to prevent friction.

Treatments we recommend for shoulder pain

Our great team of Physiotherapists can help assess your shoulder pain and find out what’s actually going on. We’ll then help put a plan together, of how best to try and get you back on the right track. Different problems have different solutions, and we may suggest a combination of different treatment approaches to help your condition.

Our frequently asked questions about neck pain?

What causes Shoulder Pain?2023-04-27T17:04:26+00:00

Shoulder pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including rotator cuff injuries, impingements, bursitis, frozen shoulder, and arthritis. At Head2Toe Physio, we see a range of  shoulder patients, including patients who can’t serve at tennis because of rotator cuff pain, can’t get their jumper on because of a frozen shoulder, or who’ve broken their clavicle mountain biking on Leith Hill!

How is Shoulder pain diagnosed?2023-04-27T17:06:23+00:00

At Head2Toe Physio, our physiotherapists will perform a thorough assessment. They will take a medical history and listen to what your problem is, how long it’s been there and what makes it better and worse. They’ll perform a  physical examination.

For sporting patients, they might examine any videos or pictures of your sporting technique. For those with pain on running, they will likely watch you running to see if anything in your gait pattern might be contributing to your pain.

For those with diagnostic imaging (such as X-rays or MRIs), we will go through your scan reports with you and try to determine the underlying cause of your shoulder pain.

What are the treatment options for Shoulder Pain?2023-04-27T17:07:45+00:00

Our Head2Toe Physios have a range of treatment options for shoulder pain may include manual therapy, exercise therapy, electrotherapy, education on posture and ergonomics, and modalities such as ultrasound or TENS. We will develop a personalized treatment plan based on your specific needs and goals.

Can physiotherapy help me avoid shoulder surgery?2023-04-27T17:09:40+00:00

At Head2Toe Physio we see lots of patients who are understandably keen to avoid surgery. They’re often sent by local doctors and consultants who think that surgery should be avoided at this particular time.

In many cases, physiotherapy can be effective in reducing pain, improving function, and delaying or avoiding the need for surgery. Our goal is to help you regain mobility and improve your quality of life without the need for invasive procedures.

Can I still exercise if I have shoulder pain?2023-04-27T17:10:59+00:00

It depends on the cause and severity of your shoulder pain. Our physiotherapists will work with you to develop an exercise plan that is safe and appropriate for your specific condition, and can help you maintain your fitness while you recover.

How can Shoulder Pain be prevented?2023-04-27T17:12:44+00:00

At Head2Toe Physio our physiotherapists will provide education and guidance on techniques to prevent shoulder pain from recurring, such as maintaining good posture, using proper body mechanics, and staying active. We may also provide exercises to strengthen the muscles supporting the shoulder joint and improve flexibility.

Which clinics do you treat Shoulder Pain at?2023-04-27T22:13:35+00:00

You’ll be pleased to hear that you can get your shoulder pain treated at any of our 3 clinics in Surrey and West Sussex.

At Dorking and Leatherhead, our clinics are based in sports centres with fantastic access to gym facilities and ample room to get you back up to full fitness. At Crawley, we have a modern physio clinic with our own rehab studio, all set to return you to your chosen sport as quickly and effectively as possible.

Get help from Head2Toe Physio

Shoulder pain, whether it is mild or severe, acute or chronic, can have a major impact on your life. At Head2Toe Physio, our team is committed to helping you find relief and prevent further issues. To find out how we can help you, contact us today!

David Rowley

After 14 months of NHS treatment for a shoulder injury it took just one session at Head 2 Toe to realise that I should have gone to them instead. It has given me new hope to a full recovery

David Rowley

Janice A

I have recently been having shoulder physiotherapy with Laura Moore at Head2Toe and can’t rate her highly enough. Laura is extremely caring and was able to immediately put her hand on the area concerned. Laura is professional, genuine and gave me great ongoing advice. I was taking lots of painkillers to get through the day when I first met Laura and have reduced these substantially. Thank you so much Laura. You’re the best 😁.

Janice A

David Rowley

After 14 months of NHS treatment for a shoulder injury it took just one session at Head 2 Toe to realise that I should have gone to them instead. It has given me new hope to a full recovery

David Rowley

Anthony James

Having struggled to resolve a shoulder injury despite receiving treatment from a number of different physios and health professionals over a long period, I was naturally sceptical when I first booked an appointment with Sam at the Dorking Physiotherapy Clinic. However, he immediately diagnosed the problem and set me on a course to full recovery via a combination of home exercises and clinical therapy. I would fully recommend Sam to anyone seeking help with a long-term injury, particularly those who still wish to remain active while undergoing treatment.

Anthony James, UKiP, Media and Events Ltd

Henry Price

I am very grateful to Mel and the team at Head2Toe for fixing my shoulder and I would highly recommend them to anybody who is suffering from a similar problem.

Henry Price

Lorraine N

I went to Sam at Head2Toe Physio, when a shoulder injury was keeping me awake at night and causing pain. Sam treated the injury, then gave clear exercises to minimise injury in the future and reduce number of paying visits. Great to visit a honest and forward thinking Physio.

Lorraine N, Former County Cricketer

J Austin

My experience with Head to Toe Physio has been excellent, from Alex initially diagnosing that I needed imaging following a shoulder injury, and then Sam’s subsequent physio after I had the rotator cuff operation indicated by the scan. Sam’s deep knowledge of physiotherapy and recovery from injury considerably exceeded my expectations, and I am now confident of a return to full shoulder functionality

J Austin

Lorraine N, Former County Cricketer

I went to Sam at Head2Toe Physio, when a shoulder injury was keeping me awake at night and causing pain. Sam treated the injury, then gave clear exercises to minimise injury in the future and reduce number of paying visits. Great to visit a honest and forward thinking Physio.

Lorraine N, Former County Cricketer

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