Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain

Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can result from a range of conditions, including frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis), shoulder bursitis, sub-acromial impingement, rotator cuff tendinopathy, rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability, dislocation, labral tears, referred pain and arthritis. Understanding the cause is vital for developing an individualized treatment plan.

If you have shoulder pain, seeking professional advice early is recommended. Ignoring persistent pain may lead to long-term issues. Our physiotherapists will assess your condition and recommend an appropriate course of action tailored to your specific needs and treatment goals.

Physiotherapy offers a holistic approach to treating shoulder pain. Our skilled physiotherapists use a combination of exercise, manual therapy and education and in some instances more specialist treatments such as ultrasound guided injection therapy or extracorporeal shockwave therapy to alleviate pain, improve mobility and increase confidence. Treatment plans are individualised based on the underlying cause and your treatment goals. Commonly, shoulder conditions can also be treated with an Ultrasound Guided Injection which are offered at Flex Physiotherapy. The aim is to quickly reduce pain and function, thus allowing better participation with Physiotherapy treatment.

Shoulder pain can stem from various underlying conditions due to the complexity of the joint, making an accurate diagnosis important for effective treatment. Our experienced physiotherapists employ a thorough assessment process to identify the cause of your pain. This may involve a detailed medical history, physical examination, and sometimes diagnostic imaging. We also have Ultrasound Imaging on site which is an accurate way of diagnosing most shoulder conditions if required.

Sessions are 45 or 30 minutes for the assessment depending on the complexity and 30 minutes for subsequent follow up sessions. The duration of treatment varies depending on the severity of your symptoms and nature of the condition. Our goal is to provide gold standard, effective, efficient care and our physiotherapists will work with you to establish realistic expectations and milestones throughout your recovery journey.

In many instances, a detailed clinical assessment by a physiotherapist is sufficient for diagnosis of shoulder pain. However, if our physiotherapists suspect a more serious condition or if your symptoms persist, they may recommend imaging to obtain a clearer picture of the cause of your symptoms and to rule out sinister pathology. We also offer Ultrasound Imaging at our clinic, led by our Specialist Physiotherapist and Sonographer Matt Prout, which is often an appropriate and accurate way of diagnosing most shoulder conditions. Further to this, our Physiotherapists have referral rights for private MRI scans if required.

Surgery is often considered a last resort for shoulder pain. Most cases can be effectively managed through conservative measures. Research supports that a comprehensive treatment plan involving a combination of manual therapy, massage, exercise therapy and robust advice and education often supersedes any need for invasive intervention. Our physiotherapists will collaborate with you to explore non-invasive options before considering surgical interventions.

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At Flex, our dedicated team is committed to providing individualised care to help you overcome shoulder pain and regain optimal function. Contact us to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards a pain-free life.

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Kelly Westlake
2023-07-08
Physiotherapist Alex Kyriacou was very attentive, understanding and helpful, joining some important dots to work out what is likely to be contributing to my various arm pains and current immobilities. Having been sent away feeling hopeful, with a set of clear, manageable exercises, I feel informed enough to get started on a regime that will hopefully strengthen me to the point of full recovery. Highly recommending Flex Physio, therefore!
P Edwards
2023-07-08
Alex at Flex Physiotherapy diagnosed and treated my hip, back and knee issues. He offered additional resources and options and answered my many questions.
The Pinkers
2023-07-04
I saw Matt to help me with back pain. I really liked his holistic approach. Rather than telling me I couldn’t lift weights anymore, his approach was to recommend weight training tailored to help strengthen my core. Exercises like squats, which I didn’t think I could do, he suggested squat variations that I could do. Matt has a very friendly, calm approach. I recommend him.
sarah dudley
2023-07-03
Title: Exceptional Care and Relief for Pelvic Pregnancy Pain! I recently had the pleasure of receiving treatment from Emma at Flex Physiotherapist for my pelvic pregnancy pain during my 38th week. I cannot express enough how grateful I am for her expertise and compassionate care throughout my entire experience. From the moment I walked into the clinic, I was greeted with a warm welcome and made to feel at ease. Emma's professional yet personable demeanor instantly put me at ease, and I knew I was in good hands. Her extensive knowledge and understanding of pregnancy-related issues were evident as she carefully listened to my concerns and assessed my condition. Emma's approach to my treatment was not only effective but also tailored to my specific needs. She took the time to explain the underlying causes of my pelvic pain, ensuring I had a clear understanding of what was happening in my body. Her ability to break down complex concepts into simple terms helped me feel empowered and actively involved in my own recovery. Throughout the therapy sessions, Emma demonstrated exceptional skill and expertise. Her gentle techniques, combined with her deep understanding of prenatal physiology, provided me with immense relief from my pelvic pain. She consistently monitored my progress, making adjustments to my treatment plan as needed to ensure optimal results. What truly sets Emma apart is her genuine care and concern for her patients. She went above and beyond to create a safe and comfortable environment, making sure I felt supported emotionally as well. Her kind and nurturing approach made each session a positive experience, and I always left feeling uplifted and encouraged. I cannot thank Emma enough for the incredible care she provided during my pregnancy journey. Thanks to her expertise and dedication, I experienced a significant reduction in pelvic pain, allowing me to enjoy the final weeks of my pregnancy with greater comfort and peace of mind. I wholeheartedly recommend Emma and Flex Physiotherapist to any expectant mother seeking relief from pelvic pregnancy pain or any other prenatal-related issues. You can trust that Emma will provide you with top-notch care, personalized attention, and remarkable results. Her passion for her work and commitment to her patients are truly commendable. Thank you, Emma, for going above and beyond in helping me through this challenging time. You are a true gem in your field, and I am forever grateful for the positive impact you had on my pregnancy journey.
Steph Hall
2023-07-01
Very professional and managed to sort out my tennis elbow quickly. Brian
Sarah Finlay
2023-06-30
Alex has been amazing! He showed a great deal of professionalism and interest in reducing my pain for the long term, took time with me to understand my condition, and developed a plan that really helped me become stronger! All the team at Flex Physiotherapy are dedicated professionals, and I can’t say enough great things about them. They not only helped me physically, but mentally too. I would 100% recommend them to anyone.
Philip de Ste Croix
2023-06-06
Alex recommended a lightweight Ossur OA Ease brace to help offload the pressure in my arthritic right knee experienced when walking. It's been a great help and Alex was highly professional and sympathetic in both our consultations. I recommend highly.
antony constable
2023-06-05
Alex is a lovely knowledgable and personable physio . He helped be avoid surgery with a torn meniscus. On site gym so helpful to be able to be shown and practice exercise s. 100 % recommend
Emish Fraser
2023-06-05
My experience at Flex Physiotherapy was fantastic. Alex listened, explained and completely understood my shoulder pain. He provided exercises that have helped reduce my shoulder pain and gain a better range of motion. The after-care service was fantastic too. Nothing seemed too much trouble.
Elaine Toohig
2023-06-04
Pleasant and convenient facility in Central Burgess Hill. Alex is a personable physiotherapist who really looked to understand the issue. I felt supported and the treatment was effective in improving my range of movement.

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