Shoulder Pain and Treatment Edmonton Physiotherapy: Regenerate Physio Clinic

Shoulder Pain Treatment Edmonton Physiotherapy:

Shoulder pain treatment is a very common issue for patients. In fact, we often get asked if we offer shoulder pain treatment in our Edmonton Physiotherapy Clinic. Shoulder pain can occur for a variety of reasons. Not all pain in the shoulder is originating from the muscles around the shoulder.
Shoulder pain treatment is not always simple, and diagnosis can be difficulty because shoulder pain can occur due to many reasons:
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Referred neck pain
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Nerve pain
  • Arthritis or joint pain
  • Pain from internal organ
Due to the complex nature of shoulder pain it is always reccomended to see your doctor or physio. A physio assessment will help diagnosis you condition and may lead to diagnostic imaging. Shoulder pain treatment can then be discussed!

What type of testing is best for shoulder pain?

A simple exam is often enough to diagnose your shoulder pain. Your therapist is an expert in body mechanics and movement. Shoulder pain treatment at our Sports Physiotherapy Clinic will ensure you are properly assessed. Our physios will use active/passive movements and special tests to help come to a diagnosis. Often, pain originating from the shoulder will increase when the arm is raised or lifting weight. Shoulder pain in the rotator cuff is often tender on the outside of the shoulder and can radiate to the upper back.
If recommended, an X-ray is a good test to look at the integrity of the bone and the joint. X rays can also reveal swelling and other issues that may be present. 
An ultrasound is another common test recommended and can help look at the tendons. Ultrasound can help your therapist determine what structures in the shoulder may be dammaged. For significant tears or damage, sometimes your doctor will order an MRI. These are not always indicated but can be useful for getting a better look.

The most important thing to remember about your imaging results?

Always remember that imaging does not equal pain or dysfunction. There are many patients who have tears in there rotator cuff and have NO pain. This means that injuries are not related to imaging results. All people will recover different and at varying times. There is no magic number, exercise, or technique. Shoulder pain treatment may vary between patients but exercise is a great choice to start with!
Look below for some exercise suggestions to help your shoulder feel better. Now that we know that ‘damage’ does not equal dysfunction. And that ‘damage’ may be more likely ‘wear and tear’. Lets have some FUN with movement!

I have shoulder pain and it hurts to move my shoulder above my head… 

It is very common for patients with shoulder injuries to have difficulty raising the arm. Once your physio comes up with a diagnosis it is important to follow the exercises.

Hey physio…Is exercise important for recovering from shoulder injury?


Shoulder pain treatment includes shoulder strength exercises. These are very important for recovering from injury. Shoulder injuries respond very well to the ‘right’ kind of movement. This means that the ‘load’ or ‘movement’ must be enough to stimulate your tendons to get stronger. Sometimes, ‘overload’ can aggravate shoulder pain. This does not always mean more damage or injury.

How do I tell if the movement I am doing is good?

A good recommendation is listening to your body. Pain should not significantly increase after you finish a shoulder routine. If it does increase, it should settle down within about an hour. Also, pain the following day should NOT dramatically increase

  • If you follow the above recommendation you are most likely increasing your strength. And can improve strength without overloading the shoudler.
Always remember: Consult your physio or doctor about the right shoulder exercises. But in general, exercise and movement is good for the shoulder.

Are you diagnosed with rotator cuff injury and looking for exercises?

Check out below a couple of exercise suggestions for shoulder pain treatment. Remember that shoulder exercise is good for:
  • Increasing strength of muscle and tendon
  • Mobilizing joints
  • Reducing pain
  • Increasing blood flow
  • Feeling good



The pendulum exercise is a good way to warm up the shoulder and stretch it actively. Start by leaning forward and make small circles with your hand.

Try this routine:

  • Perform small circles for 30 sec to 1 min
  • Take a rest
  • Move your arm up and down and then side to side for 1 min

Repeat x 3 per day

This exercise should not drastically increase your shoulder pain.

Assisted Range of Motion Exercise

Using a cane or broom stick this exercise is a good one for stiff shoulders.

This routine may look like:

  • Raise the shoulder using the broom stick for assistance
  • Only go as far as comfortable feeling or feel a ‘moderate stretch’ at the end
  • Hold for 3 seconds at the end range or top
  • Repeat 12 reps, and 2-3 sets

Shoulder Band Exercise for shoulder pain treatment

This is a good exercise for general strength of the rotator cuff. Reflecting the picture on the right, you can try the following:

  • Keep the elbow in towards the body
  • Pull the band apart while squeezing the shoulder blades together
  • Hold 3-5 seconds
  • 12-15 reps 2-3 sets

Things to remember when exercising you shoulder

  1. Exercise should not drastically increase your pain immedaitely
  2. Some ‘pain’ may be normal but should not be an increase in sharp, burning or unrelenting pain
  3. It is always best to consult a professional when seeking exercise advise for injury
  4. Exercise should be fun and enjoyable

Want over the phone advise for you injury?

Want to move free of shoulder pain and get doing the things you love? Shoulder pain treatment at our Edmonton Physiotherapy Clinic is here to help. 

Call us at 780.705.5774

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

141, 14315 118 Ave NW