Shouldering on, why suffer?
Shoulder pain is extremely common in the UK with some reporting that 1-2% of adults consult their GP annually regarding a new-onset of shoulder pain. In primary care the most likely cause of this pain is what we term subacromial shoulder pain. This catch all term includes what may be described as rotator cuff pathology such as tendonitis, calcific deposits, and rotator cuff tearing.
While many of these terms seem disconcerting they are often related to mechanical use induced from daily life, and as such are readily amenable to physiotherapy intervention. There is very good evidence to suggest that specialist shoulder physiotherapy plays an invaluable role in assessing and managing subacromial shoulder pain.
The current state of our scientific understanding means we have lots to offer patients who shouldn’t have to “shoulder on” alone.
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