Shoulder pain sucks! If you are an overhead athlete – you swim, you do gymnastics or crossfit then chances are you have felt some shoulder niggles (probably at the front of your shoulder) at some point, especially when lifting overhead.

If this is you, it’s important to know that in most cases there isn’t any major structural damage in your shoulder. Instead, it is likely that some structures in your shoulder joint are getting compressed as you move in certain positions.

The good thing about this kind of shoulder pain is that it normally responds really well to hands on physio – whether that be massage, mobilisations or dry needling. Once the pain has settled, further shoulder pain can be prevented by monitoring your load and implementing a solid, graded strength program over 10-12 weeks.

We don’t normally recommend getting your shoulder scanned unless there was a specific traumatic incident or the issue doesn’t resolve with the strength program.

If this sounds like you get in touch with your local physio asap to start your rehab.

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