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Shoulder Pain Physio – Manchester

Shoulder pain is an all encompassing term, referring to pain in the shoulder joint that is causing discomfort either in specific movements or general pain that can range from mild to extremely debilitating.

It is a joint that we all use every single day, so pain here can cause a serious reduction in quality of life by preventing you from doing daily activities as well as popular sports.

Our highly-trained physiotherapists have extensive experience in dealing with shoulder pain, and will work out exactly how to treat your individual problem. After a thorough assessment on your range of motion, your functional abilities and your history of injury, our physios will create an individual treatment plan so that recovery is as quick as possible. Our studio is located in Manchester city centre, two minutes walk from Deansgate on St Ann’s Square. 

Common shoulder problems that we treat include: frozen shoulder; referred pain; rotator cuff; shoulder dislocation; shoulder instability; shoulder joint pain; and shoulder impingement.  


Physiotherapy Shoulder Treatment

Shoulder pain is almost always a complex pathology because it is a joint that is used on a daily basis.

People tend to either overuse the shoulder, or underuse the shoulder, both resulting in pain in the joint.  

Physiotherapy is a great way to find the cause of the problem, and treat it specifically.

Some of the treatments we may use are:


Shoulder Pain Facts

  • Most shoulder issues can be treated in a matter of weeks and you can expect a full recovery;
  • Shoulder pain can be caused as a secondary pain from a neck injury;
  • 9% of adults in the UK report chronic shoulder pain;
  • Most shoulder pain is due to aging or sports injury;
  • Shoulder pain may indicate an underlying disease;


Shoulder Pain Causes

Shoulder pain can be caused by multiple reasons, such as:

  • Impact injury
  • Dislocations/subluxations
  • Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Bursitis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Post-mastectomy
  • Subacromial Impingement syndrome
  • Whiplash Associated Disorder
  • Tears ligaments, muscles, tendons
  • General tightness in the muscles
  • Cartilage damage


Shoulder Pain Symptoms

  • Pain – dull, achy, or sharp pain
  • Swelling, redness or bruising of the joint
  • Tenderness when moving or pressing on the area affected
  • Stiffness, lack of range of motion
  • Weakness
  • Numbness or pins and needles down the arm
  • Bone deformities
  • Clicking or popping noises

Shoulder Pain – Self-help advice

  • DO NOT self-diagnose – seek help and understanding of your condition
  • If you are post-surgery, listen to the contraindication and get to the physiotherapist as soon as possible
  • Stay active, and move your shoulder gently
  • Be aware of your posture and do not slouch your shoulders
  • Rest your arm in comfortable positions
  • Find the most comfortable sleeping position

    • DO NOT sleep on your stomach with your arms above your head
  • Use painkillers if necessary – Ibuprofene, paracetamol
  • Use hot and cold packs when necessary
  • Do not carry heavy objects on the side of your painful shoulder
  • Take calcium tablets or fish oil tablets
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Stop smoking
  • Listen to your coach and physiotherapist when it comes to return to play or return to work
  • Massage the muscles around the shoulder joint

Get In Touch

If you are suffering from shoulder pain, and would like to make an appointment with one of our physiotherapists and get a treatment programme tailored to you, then call  0161 833 3008 or email