The Upper limb is a complex working of joints and muscles that the physiotherapists at Premium Physiotherapy are expertly trained to assess and treat shoulder pain for patients in Macleod. We will look at the whole arm, as well as the shoulder blade and associated interaction with the spine to provide a complete physiotherapy treatment and rehabilitation program. We treat all conditions involving the shoulder and elbow, including Rotator Cuff Tendon Injuries, Impingement, Instability / Dislocation and Frozen Shoulder.
The Rotator cuff muscles are a group of 4 muscles running from the scapula to the top of the humerus. Rotator Cuff injuries can be categorised as either tendinopathy or a tear. Tendinopathy is a tendon disorder where repetitive strain or overload has caused a weakening and degeneration of the tendon.
Shoulder impingement is caused by pinching and compression of the rotator cuff tendons and the bursa (fluid filled sac) against the acromion (part of the scapula). Chronic impingement is common in occupations that require repetitive lifting, especially where overhead tasks are performed.
The shoulder is the most flexible joint in the body. With this great range of motion comes a vulnerability to instability, subluxation and dislocation. Dislocation occurs when the ball of the joint is forced out of the socket, most commonly out the front (anteriorly), where the ligaments are weakest.
Adhesive Capsulitis, or Frozen Shoulder as it is commonly known, can happen after trauma (fall, fracture), after prolonged immobilisation such as post-surgery, or spontaneously. It is more common in females than males and mostly occurs in the range of 40 to 60 years of age. If occurring spontaneously it is frequently in the non-dominant limb.