shoulder physiotherapy in Southampton

Shoulder Physiotherapy in Southampton

Shoulder Physiotherapy in Southampton


Shoulder joints are very complex. There are so many different structures that can be a source of pain. Radiological findings (MRI, x-ray, or ultrasound) are not always that helpful as diagnostic tools. Special tests that clinicians sometimes use are not that special either. There are over 200 special tests and their diagnostic value is also relatively poor. Patients often feel frustrated as nobody seems to know what might be causing pain.  Over the next few months, I will write about different causes of shoulder pain. Visit my blog to find out more about:

  • torn cartilage.
  • torn rotator cuff.
  • swollen bursa sacs or tendons.
  • bone spurs (bony projections that develop along the edges of bones)
  • pinched nerve in the neck or shoulder.
  • broken shoulder or arm bone.
  • frozen shoulder.

Today though we will concentrate on one of the most common causes of shoulder pain and stiffness, arthritis.


Shoulder Physiotherapy – Arthritis


We often see patients with shoulder pain in need of physiotherapy in our clinic in Southampton. Patients may have pain due to a number of reasons. Arthritis is one of them.

Arthritis is a common condition leading to stiffness, pain, and inflammation.

In the UK, more than 10 million people have arthritis or other, similar conditions that affect the joints. Arthritis affects people of all ages, including children.

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the UK. It affects nearly 9 million people. It most often develops in people in their mid-40s or older. It’s also more common in women and people with a family history of the condition. But it can occur at any age as a result of an injury or be associated with other joint-related conditions, such as gout or rheumatoid arthritis.


Shoulder Physiotherapy – what is Arthritis


Shoulder arthritis is damage to the cartilage inside the shoulder joint. The shoulder consists of two joints. Shoulder arthritis commonly refers to the bigger ball-and-socket joint named the glenohumeral joint after the bones it connects (glenoid and humerus). The cartilage covers both the ball (the humeral head) and the socket (the glenoid).

In arthritis, the cartilage in the shoulder begins to break down on the surface and eventually in the deeper layers, it’s called shoulder arthritis. The second joint in the shoulder, the acromioclavicular or AC joint, can also develop arthritis known as AC joint arthritis


Shoulder Physiotherapy – signs of Arthritis


Patients with arthritis often complain about stiffness, especially in the morning.  Other symptoms include:

  • joint pain and tenderness
  • inflammation in and around the joints.
  • restricted movement of the joints.
  • warm red skin over the affected joint.
  • weakness and muscle wasting.


Shoulder Physiotherapy – Osteoarthritis (OA)


Osteoarthritis initially affects the smooth cartilage lining of the joint. This makes movement more difficult than usual, leading to pain and stiffness. Once the cartilage lining starts to roughen and thin out, the tendons and ligaments have to work harder.

This can cause swelling and the formation of bony spurs called osteophytes.

Severe loss of cartilage can lead to bone rubbing on bone, altering the shape of the joint, and forcing the bones out of their normal position.

The most commonly affected joints are those in the

  • spine
  • hands
  • hips
  • knees


Shoulder Physiotherapy in Southampton


Physiotherapy and massage can help patients in Southampton start feeling better The key is to increase the range of motion and improve the overall function of the shoulder. We will work with you to relax the shoulder joint,  and improve the overall function of the rotator cuff stabilizing the shoulder.

In our Southampton clinic, we provide patients with an appropriate home physiotherapy program.

Book shoulder physiotherapy in Southampton by calling us on 023 8218 2416

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