Understanding Shoulder Pain: Causes, Symptoms, and Relief

Shoulder pain can be a common and frustrating issue for many people, impacting daily life and restricting your movement and activities.

At Couer Physiotherapy, we understand how essential it is to educate our clients on the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for shoulder pain.

This blog post aims to answer your most frequently asked questions and help you better understand this issue.

What causes Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain has various causes, including strains and sprains, injuries, arthritis, and nerve compression.

In many cases, the pain is caused by overuse, repetitive motions, or improper body mechanics during daily activities or sports.

Identifying the cause is the first step toward effective treatment and pain relief.

Couer Physiotherapy - Shoulder Pain
Couer Physiotherapy - Shoulder Pain

Symptoms of Shoulder Pain

The symptoms of shoulder pain can vary depending on the underlying cause. Common symptoms include:

  1. Sharp or dull ache in the shoulder area
  2. Stiffness or limited range of motion
  3. Pain that worsens with movement or at night
  4. Swelling or tenderness around the joint


If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s crucial to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.

Common Types of Shoulder Pain

Rotator cuff injuries

These involve the muscles and tendons responsible for stabilizing the shoulder joint and can result from overuse, trauma, or age-related degeneration.

Frozen shoulder

Also known as adhesive capsulitis, this condition is characterized by pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion due to inflammation and scar tissue formation.

Shoulder impingement

This occurs when the rotator cuff tendons become compressed or irritated, leading to irritation and inflammation.

Strains and Sprains

There are many muscles and ligaments around the shoulder which can become injured with a fall, sudden movement, or sometimes just by sleeping in a bad position.

How to Treat Shoulder Pain

Treatment options for shoulder pain vary depending on the cause and severity of the condition. Some common treatments include:

  1. Rest and activity modification: Allowing the injured area to rest and avoiding activities that exacerbate the pain can promote healing.
  2. Physical therapy: Exercises and stretches guided by a physiotherapist can help improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion, reducing pain and preventing future injury.
  4. Ice and heat: Applying ice or heat can help reduce swelling and alleviate pain.
  5. In severe cases, pain relieving medications, injections, or a consultation with a specialist doctor or shoulder surgeon may be necessary to address an underlying issue

Research recommends..
You Should Heal Your Rotator Cuff Tear Naturally with Physiotherapy

The evidence suggests that surgery is not significantly more effective than conservative treatment in treating rotator cuff tears. As physiotherapy is less prone to complications and less expensive than surgery, a traditional approach with active physiotherapy is recommended as the initial treatment modality for rotator cuff tears.

Frequently Asked Questions

The healing time for shoulder pain depends on the cause and severity of the injury. In most cases, with proper treatment and care, pain can be alleviated within a few weeks to several months.

While not all causes of shoulder pain can be prevented, maintaining proper body mechanics, engaging in regular exercise, and avoiding repetitive motions can help minimize the risk of injury.

If your shoulder pain is severe, persistent, or accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, redness, or swelling, it’s crucial to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Your Next Steps

If you have any concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experts at Couer Physiotherapy – we’re here to help.

At Couer Physiotherapy, our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to helping you find relief from shoulder pain and regain your mobility. We offer personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs and goals.

If you’re struggling with shoulder pain and are ready to take the first step toward recovery, we encourage you to book an appointment with one of our physiotherapists. You can reach us at 587-200-8992 or schedule a consultation online.

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