The stiff painful shoulder
A stiff painful shoulder is almost always caused by shoulder arthritis or frozen shoulder syndrome.To diagnose a shoulder as stiff and painful an experience practitioner must run through a battery of tests to rule out conditions that mimic a true stiff and painful shoulder such as rotator cuff tendinopathy, joint derangement and apprehension to movement. The bottom line with a stiff and painful shoulder is that a huge amount of them are diagnosed incorrectly. This is because there are a lot of conditions that mimic arthritis of the shoulder and frozen shoulder. Because these conditions are initially what we call ‘clinical diagnosis’ they must be identified by a trained practitioner such as a chiropractor or physiotherapist. Special tests such as MRI scans do not add to the clinical picture in the early stages of these problems typically. This is why seeing someone with vast experience in shoulders is so important.
Causes of the stiff painful shoulder
A stiff pain shoulder is most likely due to one of the following conditions of the shoulder:
Symptoms of the stiff and painful shoulder
Reduce shoulder mobility and pain and the most common features of the conditions that cause a stiff painful shoulder. Again there are a lot of injuries and conditions to a shoulder that result in reduced shoulder movement and shoulder pain and have nothing to do with frozen shoulder or shoulder arthritis.
Treatment of the stiff and painful shoulder
At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) treating shoulder injuries is a large clinical focus at both our Balmain and Dee Why chiropractic and physiotherapy clinics. Non-surgical treatment of the stiff painful shoulder is preferred, however with persistent stiffness or pain outside that of what is considered typical our chiropractors and physiotherapists may need to send you for a surgical opinion. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists in Balmain and Dee Why take an evidence-based approach to the treatment of shoulder pain and stiffness. There is a large clinical focus on pain reduction and functional restoration through both hands on chiropractic and physiotherapy treatments and exercises to improve mobility and muscle qualities such as endurance, strength and power.
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