Have you ever been told by a friend, or your GP, or by google that you have shoulder bursitis? Or a rotator cuff tear? Or a frozen shoulder? It’s possible that you may have any one of these pathologies, but they are all frequently misdiagnosed and even more frequently mismanaged.
The shoulder is an area that is commonly injured and the consequences can be quite debilitating. Our hands are only able to move and manipulate objects with such dexterity because of the large range of movement afforded to them by our shoulders. Therefore, when a problem occurs in the shoulder, it can restrict the use of our hands and arms and affect our day-to-day functioning as well.
Shoulder joint dislocation or subluxation is an injury which happens much more quickly. It usually occurs while playing sport but can also happen as a result of a fall. This can occasionally lead to a fractured bone in the area which is why it is always a good idea to get it looked at by a doctor or physiotherapist. A physiotherapist can organise imaging if required and manage the subsequent treatment. A dislocation is always accompanied by a degree of instability in the shoulder, and once you’ve had one dislocation unfortunately your chance of having another increases significantly. For this reason, it’s important to manage a dislocation properly by providing support to the shoulder while it settles down and then working through a graded stability program to ensure it doesn’t happen again. If surgery is required, physiotherapy will commence after this in order to regain full strength, range of motion and pain-free function.