Shoulder pain – to ultrasound or not ultrasound

Ever wondered if your shoulder pain requires an ultrasound to help with diagnosis? More often than not it doesn’t. Ultrasounds have been found to be useful in diagnosing full tears of the rotator cuff but less effective in diagnosing partial tears.  However, ultrasounds are just as effective in detecting full tears compared to an MRI

A physio is trained to assess your shoulder thoroughly and is able to detect if a tear is present. If after a few treatments, your shoulder is not improving an ultrasound can then be useful in determining the severity of any tears and what further management is required.

Who can benefit from Physio?

This is a question we are asked many times through the day. Will physio help me with…?

The answer many times is yes.

If a pain changes when you change position it may be a musculoskeletal pain.

For example, if you have pain shooting down your leg that is worse when sitting but better when standing then this pain will probably benefit from physiotherapy.

Physio can help most joint and muscle pains.

If however, this pain is unremitting and doesn’t change if you sit,lie or stand then it is best to see your doctor.

The question if pain changes on position applies to all pains including neck pain, arm pains, headaches.  If in doubt, please call and ask if your pain would benefit from physiotherapy.

Physiotherapy can of course help with most joint pains, arthritis, exercise prescription, joint sprains, muscle strains, back and neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) and hand pains.