Shoulder instability is a common problem that can have a big impact on your day-to-day life. It can cause pain when you lift your arm, and it can make many everyday tasks difficult or impossible. Fortunately, physiotherapy can help to alleviate some of the symptoms associated with shoulder instability. Let’s take a look at how physio works and why it’s an effective treatment for shoulder instability.
How Physiotherapy Helps With Shoulder Instability
Physiotherapy helps to strengthen the muscles around the shoulder joint, which in turn helps to reduce the instability in the joint itself. It also increases flexibility in the shoulder joint, which enables the patient to move their arm more freely and with less discomfort. In addition, a physiotherapist will work with their patients to improve posture and body mechanics. This helps to reduce strain on the shoulder joint and prevent further injury or exacerbation of existing problems.
Physiotherapists also use modalities such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation to reduce pain associated with shoulder instability. These modalities are used in combination with stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, manual treatments and soft tissue techniques to provide optimal relief from pain and discomfort. Additionally, a physiotherapist may recommend lifestyle changes such as ergonomic modifications or dietary adjustments if they believe these could help improve outcomes for their patients.
Finally, it’s important to note that physiotherapy isn’t just about treating symptoms; it’s also about preventing them from occurring again in the future. Physiotherapists will work with their patients to address any underlying causes of shoulder instability that may be contributing to their condition so that they can avoid flare-ups or further injury in the future.
Whether you’re dealing with chronic shoulder instability or have recently experienced an acute episode, physiotherapy is an effective treatment option that can provide relief from pain and discomfort while helping you regain the full range of motion in your shoulder joint. By strengthening your muscles around the joint and improving your posture and body mechanics through stretching exercises, modalities, manual treatments, lifestyle changes, and more, a qualified physiotherapist can help you get back on track toward good health.
If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Nitin Nair, BPT, R/TRO DIP, PT, or another physiotherapist in Waterloo or Kitchener at CARESPACE. We are happy to listen and are here to help!