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Most Common Shoulder Problem And How To Fix It

If you’ve been battling shoulder problems for weeks (or months), praying that it will magically heal itself, or you’re sick of being told to rest and take medication…

And you’re fed up with those agonising shooting pains whenever you are carrying the shopping, playing with the grandchildren or exercising.

This blog is for YOU!

We have some expert advice and practical tips as well as videos from two of our fantastic physio team, Jonny and George (our new member of the physio team) who discuss the most common shoulder problem and how to fix it.

Plus, we give you a natural way to ease shoulder pain that you can do at home if you are suffering right now!

Shoulder Problem

The Most Common Shoulder Problem – Rotator Cuff Injury

In clinic, the most common shoulder problem would be a rotator cuff injury. These injuries are usually caused by trauma incidents such as a road traffic accident or a fall.

Another common cause due to the pandemic, and the increase in home working, is that more people are visiting our clinics with a rotator cuff injury because they are sat in a slouched posture at home for much longer periods of time and this places repetitive strain on the muscles and tendons within the shoulder region.

Do I Have A Rotator Cuff Injury?

If you have shoulder pain, and you think it could be related to a rotator cuff injury, the most common symptoms are if the pain occurs when the arm is raised above shoulder height (either in front of you, or to the side). We typically do this when we are taking things out of kitchen cupboards or raising shopping bags up into the boot of the car.

Another time that a rotator cuff injury will create pain is if you are reaching behind you. We typically do this when we are reaching for something in the back seat of the car, whilst facing forward.

Discomfort can also be felt when pouring a cup or raise your arm to the side of your body when getting dressed.

These shoulder positions will be painful as the tendons in the shoulder are being pinched by the joint, and this causes discomfort, and could lead to fraying or tearing of the musculature of the shoulder joint.

Other symptoms could be difficulty moving, weakness in the shoulder, and an increasing pain when laying on the affected shoulder.


Exercises To Help Avoid The Most Common Shoulder Problem

If you are suffering with shoulder pain, it may be beneficial to improve the strength and stability of the shoulder joint.

Watch the video below where Jonny and George demonstrate some simple exercises that you can do at home, and a top tip of what to AVOID to ensure you aren’t making your shoulder pain any worse.


In this video, Jonny explains that you should be avoiding any heavy, and repetitive overhead movements (don’t stop them entirely, but too much could be a cause of the pain).

Jonny also explains that you should keep the shoulder joint moving frequently, as this helps the joint stay mobile, nourished and slows down the degenerative aging process.

George demonstrates:

  • Pendulum swings
  • Isometric Holds

Using exercises like this will help to ensure that the muscles that hold the shoulder in place strong, and reduces the chance of issues in the future.

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A Natural Way To Ease Shoulder Pain

A lot of patients in our clinics want to ease shoulder pain WITHOUT painkillers because they are concerned about the impact of strong painkillers on their health.

Watch the video below where George talks about a natural way to ease shoulder pain.


In the video, George explains how using an ice pack (or a bag of frozen peas) is an effective, and natural way to ease shoulder pain.

If you try this, make sure to wrap the ice pack in a towel so it’s not in direct contact with your skin.

You can do this for up to 15 minutes at a time, and it can be done several times a day. A good rule of thumb is to allow the area to warm up and return to normal temperature before applying another ice pack.

More Natural Ways To End Shoulder Pain

At Paul Gough Physio Rooms, we also have a variety of other natural ways to end shoulder pain available to you, for FREE, which you can access online, or by visiting one of our four north east clinics.

Free Shoulder And Neck Pain Report

Get your copy of our free shoulder and neck pain report written by our founder, Paul Gough which explains:

How To Ease Annoying, Daily, Irritating Neck and Shoulder Pain Naturally – Before It Gets Any Worse…

Click Here To Download Your Free Shoulder And Neck Pain Report

Free Taster Consultation

If you’ve been suffering with niggling shoulder pain for weeks, or even months, and things are getting worse – it probably not going to fix itself is it?

We have worked with hundreds of patients with shoulder problems who can’t pick up their grandchildren, struggle to drive without pain, and get agonising aches when they’re doing jobs around the house.

Now, those patients can move freely, don’t need to rely on painkillers and can easily do their day-to-day activities.

In this FREE taster consultation, you will get expert advice about the worry and frustration of your life-changing aches and pains – for FREE, in under 30 minutes.

To discover how you can FINALLY fix your shoulder problems…

Arrange a free taster consultation by calling us on 01429 866 771 or click the link below:

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Other Useful Blog Articles

Finally, you can read more of our useful blog articles:

Click Here To Read More Shoulder And Neck Pain Blog Articles

Read Our Blog – Is Swimming Good For You If You Suffer From Shoulder Pain


Read Our Blog – 10 Simple Ways To Prevent Falls At Home

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