Shoulder Pain2023-04-27T21:56:50+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 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!

John Kelting

I have seen a number of physio’s and other medical professionals for sports injuries over many years, and have found Sam to be at the very top in terms of quality. Accurate diagnosis, excellent treatment, and a clear path back to fitness which has enabled me to resume activity quickly without causing any setback in recovery time. Given my positive experience, I have referred my daughter and sister at different times to Sam for different problems, and they have been delighted with how they have been treated. I would strongly recommend him as a leading professional in his field.

John Kelting, Managing Director Barclays Bank

Steve Wells

I have known and worked with Sam Bowden for almost 20 years and I have the utmost respect for his and his colleagues’ knowledge and expertise.

Steve Wells, Director, Epsom Footcare

Dawn H

I would like everyone to know how amazing Mel’s treatment at Head2Toe Physio has been for me.  I suffer from really bad migraines and doctors were unable to help.  With Mel’s treatment I’ve gone from having them every week, to one in every two months. When I had one before it could last a week, they were unbearable. Hopefully this will get less as time goes on with the exercises and treatments.

Dawn H

Jean-Pierre Blazek

When referring my clients, I want to make sure they’re getting the best service possible and with Head2Toe Physio I know they’re in very good hands. I have referred to Sam Bowden and his team in Dorking since 2009 and I find them to be extremely knowledgeable, approachable and professional. They are an extremely valuable resource for me and we work well together in improving clients throughout the rehabilitation phase, helping them to get back to being injury and pain free

Jean-Pierre Blazek, Personal Trainer, Fitness by JP

Sophie Roberts

I have worked with Head2Toe Physio for many years now and I have been impressed with the excellent clinical skills and professional way they manage my patients

Sophie Roberts, Director The Gaitlab

Sophia Warner

I have been working with Sam and the clinic for a number of years. As a Paralympic athlete with high expectations and lots of complications, it has always been critical that I find someone who is knowledgeable and trustworthy. I introduced Sam to British Athletics who then approved him to work with me in the lead up to 2012. It was great to have such expertise on my doorstep and they were so flexible, always fitting me in when I had an ache or a pain.

Sophia Warner, Commercial Director, UK Athletics and T35 100, 200m Paralympian

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