The Benefits of In-Home Physiotherapy for Shoulder Injuries
The shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the human body, and it plays an important role in our everyday lives. Because it relies on numerous ligaments, muscles and tendons to function correctly, it is especially prone to injury. Whilst you may think shoulder injuries typically occur after experiencing significant trauma (e.g. during contact sports), the majority of these injuries actually take place within the home when performing everyday tasks such as cleaning, gardening and other household duties. Any repetitive movement can lead to the development of shoulder pain, as this causes inflammation and pain. Shoulder pain can limit your mobility, but with in-home treatment and rehabilitation you can overcome pain.
The 5 Most Common Shoulder injuries
- Shoulder Dislocation
It is not uncommon for keen sportspeople and those with shoulder joint instability to experience a shoulder dislocation. This occurs when the ball of the humerus is dislocated from the scapula socket, resulting in soft tissue damage, inflammation and associated pain. Once the shoulder has been relocated, in-home physiotherapy treatment can help to repair the damage whilst improving strength and flexibility. This will enable you to return to your usual activities as soon as possible, safely and with confidence.
- Shoulder Bursitis
Bursa are located between the shoulder joints, and these fluid-filled sacs provide cushioning against friction from joint bones and tissue movement. Inflammation is common in the bursa, and people of all ages can experience this condition. Shoulder bursitis can be quite painful and limit your range of motion, so it is important to seek a diagnosis and treatment plan early.
- Frozen Shoulder
Stiffness in the shoulder join can indicate that you may have frozen shoulder. The associated pain can make it difficult to move your arm and go about your daily activities, and if left untreated the condition will typically worsen. This condition is most common amongst people with diabetes, as well as those with immobilised arms.
- Rotator Cuff Tear
The rotator cuff allows us to lift and rotate our arms, and it relies upon four muscles. The ball of the shoulder joint also relies on the rotator cuff for stabilisation. This injury is common amongst the elderly, but it can also occur after a fall. Pain will usually be felt most acutely at the front of the shoulder, and this can make it difficult to lift your arms. Physiotherapists regularly treat rotator cuff tears, and mild tears usually heal within around four weeks.
- Swimmers shoulder (impingement)
As the name implies, shoulder impingement typically occurs in swimmers. This is due to repetitive elevation of the arm, which causes inflammation of the rotator cuff tendon and bursa as they rub against bone. Pain is most acute during movement, and you may notice a loss of motion and power.
How In-Home Physio Can Help with Shoulder Pain
Shoulder pain rarely goes away on its own, so it is important to take a gradual approach and follow the advice of your physiotherapist. The goal of physiotherapy is to alleviate pain, restore function and allow you to resume your regular daily activities safely. To achieve these goals, the following treatments may be utilised as part of your program:
- Strengthening exercises
- Manual therapy
- Dry Needling
Therapy Services Physio provide in home services, enabling you to recover within the safety and comfort of your own home. Depending upon the severity of your condition, you should start to notice an improvement in symptoms in as little as a few weeks.
Suffering from a Painful Shoulder? Book an Appointment Today
The team at Therapy Services Physio are here to support your recovery. Book an in-home consultation today by calling 0457 521 082 today.