The shoulder joint provides mobility to allow us to carry out everyday tasks such as reaching our arms out, placing our hand behind our head or back, and playing sports such as tennis, basketball and badminton. It is designed to be highly mobile and relies heavily on correct muscle strength and balance for optimum functioning. Often shoulder pain starts gradually and is usually caused as a result of repetitive poor movement at the joint causing inflammation. When the shoulder joint becomes painful to move, it inevitably becomes stiff and function is impaired.
A physiotherapist can examine the shoulder joint and surrounding structures to establish the nature and cause of the pain. From this assessment the physiotherapist can address any underlying issues such as postural issues and muscle imbalance, which if left untreated can lead to reoccurrence of pain.
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