Sorting Shoulder Pain


At Medwest Health Care we have a special interest in the treatment of shoulder pain and associated conditions.

Shoulder pain and injury are common and those suffering with shoulder symptoms present to us from all walks of life, from the elite athlete to the weekend warrior, from sporting adolescents to the elderly. Regardless of which category you fall into, every person presenting to Medwest Health Care with shoulder pain and symptoms is assessed and rehabilitated through an individually tailored approach to help maximise their recovery.

The shoulder consists of some unique mechanics, developed as humans needed to be able to reach above head height. It needs to be strong, yet be incredibly mobile. The shoulder is theoretically made up of three joints:

  • The gleno-humeral joint, or the ball and socket joint, as it is most commonly known. The ball and socket provides the movement and stability to the shoulder girdle. The rotator cuff tendons hold the ball into the socket.

  • The acromio-clavicular joint, or most commonly known as the AC joint. This is the bony articulation between the collarbone and the shoulder blade.

  • The scapula-thoracic joint, although not a true joint (as there is not a true bony linkage), the shoulder blade swings on the rib cage - acting like a joint.

Shoulder pathology can be complex and may present with various symptoms and contributing factors. These are often misdiagnosed and if treated generically as “shoulder pain”, without a clear sense of diagnosis, individualised treatment and rehabilitation progressions, recovery times can become prolonged and residual pain, dysfunction and understandable frustration can result.

Conditions that can result in shoulder symptoms that our expert physiotherapists can assist with include:

  • Rotator cuff tendinopathy/ tendinitis

  • Bicep Tendinopathy / Tendinitis

  • Shoulder Bursitis

  • Shoulder Instability / Dislocations

  • AC Joint Injury or Dysfunction

  • Cervical , or neck referred pain

  • Postural driven pain, including poor sitting and sleeping postures

  • Fractures

  • Arthritis

Post Surgical Rehabilitation:

  • Sub Acromial Decompression * Rotator Cuff Repair

  • Bicep Tenodesis

  • AC Joint Stabilisation

  • Labral Repairs

 So if you want a trusted physiotherapist to take your body to the next level, get in touch with us today.