Upper limb injuries account for 17% of all injuries in Australia. Approximately 10-20% of the population will experience shoulder pain at some point in their lives.
Common causes of upper limb pain include:
- Postural syndrome
- Rotator cuff injury
- Sprains and strains
- Tendinosis and Tendonitis
- Labral tearing
- Nerve injury
- Repetitive strain injury
Diagnosing upper limb injuries involves comprehensive movement tests and assessments to identify dysfunctions and impairments contributing to pain and limitations. Movement therapists use standardised screening tools to distinguish between structural, mobility and stability issues. They also examine functional movement patterns to tailor personalised treatment plans
The individualised treatment plan for upper limb injury begins with educating patients about their diagnosis and prognosis, empowering them with knowledge.
Pain management strategies and activity modifications are offered, and they are continuously adjusted as patients make progress. Hands-on treatments like soft tissue massage and joint mobilisations are utilised to enhance pain relief, mobility, and body awareness, promoting a quicker recovery.
Specific exercises are prescribed to address movement dysfunctions and reinforce healthy patterns, promoting long-term comfort and improved well-being. These exercises aim to strengthen the shoulder muscles, improve shoulder stability and motor control, and enhance overall shoulder function.