Shoulder Pain

The shoulder is a complex joint. It is highly mobile allowing us to do almost anything with our arms, and adopt almost any position. This mobility also means the shoulder joint can be unstable and at greater risk of injury. The shoulder joint more than any other joint relies heavily on muscle strength and coordinated muscle function to work properly and be pain free.

Shoulder pain can happen suddenly or slowly over time. It can then impact heavily on our day to day function and quality of life, interfering with sport, exercise, work and daily activities.


There are many structures involved in shoulder function, each of which can be a source of pain and dysfunction. Understanding the structures involved in an injury are important to correct treatment.

Common structures involved include:

  • Bursa
  • Rotator cuff muscles and tendons
  • Acromioclavicular joint (collar bone joint)
  • Glenohumeral joint (shoulder joint)

Muscle that stabilise the shoulder blade (scapula)

Given that the exact cause of your pain can be quite complicated, it is important that a thorough assessment is undertaken by your physiotherapist to ensure any underlying issues are addressed. This enables a solution to be found that works for you, provides long term relief and stops the issue from re-occurring.


Physiotherapy can help you with your shoulder pain through education, hands on techniques and personalised, targeted exercise programs. As experts in functional movement we assess, diagnose and treat movement related disorders and help you to recover from injury. Pain should not have to limit you from participating in what you enjoy. When you seek treatment at Bodysmart Physio we will develop an individualised treatment program for you, guided by your personal goals and with an understanding of the specific demands of your daily activities. This will help you to learn how to stay healthy and manage the long term physical demands on your body, while personalised goals and a tailored plan helps to aid in a successful recovery.

Common Problems