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What is referred pain in the shoulder?



Referred pain is a term used to describe a sensation of pain that is felt in a location other than the site of an injury. Referred pain in the shoulder is when pain is felt in the shoulder but the cause of the pain is located elsewhere. Physiotherapy can successfully treat referred pain in the shoulder.


What can cause referred pain in the shoulder?



Referred pain in the shoulder can arise from numerous structures in the neck and shoulder.


What are the symptoms of referred pain in the shoulder?



There are a number of different symptoms associated with referred pain in the shoulder. These symptoms may include:

What should I do if I have referred pain in my shoulder?



If you suspect that you have referred pain in your shoulder then you should arrange an assessment with a physiotherapist as soon as possible.


What shouldn’t I do if I have referred pain in my shoulder?



If you suspect that you have referred pain in your shoulder then you should not ignore the pain in the hope that it will go away. Your pain could get worse without the correct treatment.


Physiotherapy for referred pain in the shoulder.



Physiotherapy is very important in the treatment of referred pain in the shoulder. Initially, your physiotherapist can determine the exact cause of your pain, the tissue/s damaged and the extent of this damage. From this they can estimate how long the injury should take to heal and develop a specific treatment programme. The latter often involves activity, work or training modification, electrotherapies, the use of manual techniques such as massage, manipulation and stretching, and a series of specific, progressive strengtheningexercises. These exercises will help facilitate your return to normal activity, prevent reinjury and reduce your chances of developing referred pain in your shoulder again in the future.

Other treatment for referred pain in the shoulder includes:

Can referred pain in the shoulder have any long-term effects?




Yes, if the cause of the pain is left untreated referred pain in the shoulder can persist for long periods of time.

To arrange a physiotherapy appointment call Physio.co.uk on 0330 088 7800 or book online.


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