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Expert physiotherapy services for lasting shoulder pain relief

Shoulder pain can be complex and is affected by the neck, upper back, chest, posture and even anatomical differences (e.g. hooked acromion). When treating shoulder pain, understanding and addressing the interplay between these areas is essential for long-term shoulder pain relief.

Our comprehensive assessment provides insight into the underlying causes and contributing factors that may be causing your shoulder pain. Treat the cause, not the symptoms.

We specialise in treating these
common shoulder pain conditions:

The Physio Physique patient is squeezing his shoulder with a pained expression on his face.

Shoulder Bursitis

Bursitis is just a fancy word for “inflamed bursa”. Bursas are found all around the body and are nothing more than a fluid-filled sac that reduces friction between tissues such as tendons and bones. Bursitis can reduce the space in the shoulder joint and be a source of pain.

A Physio Physique patient is experiencing rotator cuff shoulder pain.

Rotator Cuff Pain

The “rotator cuff” is a group of four muscles that connect in and around the shoulder and shoulder blade. These muscles are important for shoulder control, smooth movement and general function. A common cause of rotator cuff dysfunction is repetitive stress activities and muscle imbalances.

A female patient at Physio Physique has a painful grimace on her face and is clutching her frozen shoulder.

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder, otherwise known as Adhesive Capsulitis, can be a very painful condition where you will experience shoulder stiffness and pain. A frozen shoulder can occur spontaneously or following a period of immobilisation e.g. after surgery.

The Physiotherapist at Physio Physique is correcting the patient's dislocated shoulder.

Shoulder Dislocations

Dislocations occur when the humeral head “pops” out of the socket and overstretches the soft tissues. Shoulder dislocations may cause pain, stiffness, weakness, tingling and numbness. Prevent future dislocations with physiotherapy.

A Physio Physique patient is gripping her shoulder while wearing a painful expression on her face.

Acromioclavicular Joint Pain

Pain at the acromioclavicular joint (ACJ) can be caused by arthrtis, fractures or ligament sprains. Pain is usually isolated right over the joint itself. ACJ pain can be quite intense and will limit movements of the shoulder; particularly flexion and horizontal flexion.

A woman patient at Physio Physique is holding her shoulders with a pained expression on her face.

Cervical Radiculopathy

Similar to sciatica caused by lower back issues, cervical radiculopathy is caused by irritation to the nerve roots in the neck. Pain is usually felt in the top of the shoulder and is not affected by movements of the shoulder.

At Physio Physique,
we set ourselves apart by:

Using a holistic assessment
and treatment approach

We use a comprehensive assessment and treatment approach that combines highly effective manual therapy and personalised exercises specific to your needs.

Designing our services
for busy schedules

Our Adelaide clinic is open 7 days a week with extended hours and flexible appointment times suitable for busy people.

Empowering you to reclaim
control of your health

We support and encourage clients to self-maintain their health through education as the key to preventing future issues. We teach you to heal yourself.

Helping build sustainable
habits for lasting results

We believe that positive and long-lasting results are achieved by introducing realistic goals that you can stick to.

Offering specialised care
for NDIS participants

We understand that NDIS participants have a range of specific needs and deliver services that ensure their goals can be met.

Providing a welcoming
environment and service

Our staff create a professional yet relaxing atmosphere filled with flourishing plants and welcome clients with coffee or tea.

The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body.
Let's keep it that way

Get in touch with our friendly team or book online to bring pain-free movement back to your shoulder.

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Shoulder pain solutions by experienced physiotherapists

All our physiotherapists are experienced and skilled in treating a range of shoulder conditions. The physio may combine dry needling, soft tissue massage techniques, shockwave therapy and exercise rehab. Our holistic approach allows us to assess and treat the source of the shoulder pain fast and prevent long-term problems.

Optimise your shoulder's recovery at our on-site gym

Our functional rehab gym is equipped with everything you need to assess and strengthen your shoulder. We have a range of strength equipment such as cables, resistance bands, kettlebells, dumbbells, a power rack, weighted balls and free weights. We encourage the use of free weights and body weight exercises to better mimic the physical demands of everyday living.

Patients at Physio Physique are guided through a variety of physical activities by the physiotherapist.

Frequently Asked Questions

Cortisone injections may provide some temporary pain relief however they do not have any long-term benefit. Physiotherapy and exercises to correct underlying shoulder dysfunction are usually the key to fixing your shoulder condition.

Weakness can be a sign of a muscle or tendon tear however weakness can also be caused by "pain inhibition". Once injured, your body goes into defence mode and will try to protect you by causing muscle guarding, muscle inhibition and increased sensitivity.

Shoulder pain and dysfunction can occur due to a variety of reasons. Common causes may include repetitive shoulder movement, poor posture, referred pain from the neck and even progressing shoulder exercises too quickly.

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