Shoulder and Elbow Pain

Address the uncomfortable symptoms of your shoulder and elbow pain.

Experiencing Pain or Discomfort in Your Shoulder or Elbow?

Both the shoulder and the elbow play a pivotal role in performing everyday tasks. They enable us to reach for items on high shelves, swing a cricket bat, and perform just about any arm movement we need to make. And as they’re such important joints that we use so frequently, they’re susceptible to various issues and injuries.

What are Shoulder and Elbow Injuries?

Shoulders and elbows may be injured through sports, accidents, or daily life. Chronic conditions such as arthritis, frozen shoulder, and degenerative conditions may also contribute to shoulder and elbow pain and may affect people of any age.

Whether it’s discomfort from a repetitive strain injury, the pain of a sports injury, or limitations brought on by illness or ageing, your shoulder and elbow health often has an impact on your quality of life. As such, it’s important to address any potential injuries as quickly as possible.

What are Your Symptoms?

Shoulder and elbow injuries may result in pain, stiffness, tingling, and even a loss of range of motion, depending on the cause.

Symptoms of a shoulder injury may include:

Symptoms of an elbow injury may include:

Shoulder and Elbow Injury Treatments

The treatment for a shoulder or elbow injury will vary depending on the individual, the cause of the injury, and the symptoms. At Melbourne Physiotherapy, Pilates, and Fitness Group, we tailor your treatment plan to you so you can get the most appropriate care.

This may include:


Physiotherapy options may include joint mobilisation, manual traction, massage, stretching, soft tissue techniques, remedial exercise programs, dry needling, Shockwave, electrotherapy, and more, depending on your needs.

Clinical Exercise

Clinical Exercise aims to address injuries and chronic conditions of the shoulder through therapeutic and remedial exercises supervised by qualified practitioners. Specialised exercises are prescribed for your injury/condition, such as re-strengthening stability of your shoulder blades and rotator cuff, or isometrics for your Tennis Elbow.


Hydrotherapy often suits many conditions and injuries as the water offers buoyancy and resistance, making it an attractive alternative to land-based treatments.

Other Treatments

Every person and every injury is different, and treatment is often the same. If the above treatments aren’t for you, we aim to find one that is.

Your Shoulder and Elbow Injury Questions Answered

Common causes of injuries to these areas include overuse, sports-related activities (i.e. throwing sports or racket sports), falls, trauma, and age-related wear and tear. Other causes include poor ergonomics and repetitive motions, which may result in conditions such as Lateral Epicondylitis/Common Extensor Tendinopathy (commonly known as ‘tennis elbow’).

The shoulder is complex, and there are a number of conditions we have treated. Whether you know what condition you have, or you’re looking for a practitioner to diagnose your shoulder injury, we can help. Here are some shoulder injuries we may be able support you with:

  • Fractures of the upper arm (humerus), collar bone(clavicle), and shoulder blade (scapula)
  • Dislocation or subluxation of the shoulder joints (glenohumeral and/or acromioclavicular joints)
  • Rotator cuff pathology, tears (partial and complete), degeneration, tendinopathy, calcific tendinopathy.
  • Impingement syndromes
  • Bursitis
  • Support after surgery, including fixation of fractures, stabilisation following dislocation, and repair of rotator cuff.
  • Plus, a range of other shoulder-related conditions

We may be able to support you in the treatment of various conditions. If your elbow condition hasn’t yet been diagnosed, we can help you find a suitable diagnosis and personalised treatment. Here are some common elbow injuries:

  • Common and complex fractures and dislocations of the elbow, including radial head fractures
  • Locking of the elbow
  • Sprained ligaments from traumatic injuries e.g. Hyperextension
  • ‘Tennis elbow’ (Lateral Epicondylitis/Common Extensor Tendinopathy)
  • ‘Golfers elbow’ (Medial Epicondylitis/Common Flexor Tendinopathy)
  • Overuse/RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) conditions of the tendons, joints and nerves of the elbow and forearm
  • Arthritis
  • And other elbow conditions

The length of time it takes to recover will vary depending on the injury. Mild to moderate injuries may resolve in several weeks with appropriate care, while more severe injuries may require several months or longer of rehabilitation.

While not all injuries may be prevented, you may be able to reduce your risk by:

  • Maintaining good posture
  • Using proper technique in sports and physical activities
  • Warming up before exercising
  • Engaging in strength and flexibility exercises
  • Improving scapular stability to provide a stable base for upper limb movement
  • Improving thoracic mobility to maintain full shoulder mobility

If you have a history of shoulder or elbow injuries, you may benefit from injury prevention strategies tailored to you. Please contact us to find out more.


The Trusted Choice for Shoulder and Elbow Care

Whether you’re dealing with discomfort, stiffness, or reduced mobility in your shoulder or elbow, you don’t need to let this limit your life. Our team of highly qualified professionals offer skilled, hands-on treatment options integrated with state-of-the-art technologies designed to assist you.

In our friendly and caring environment, you can trust that your care will be focused on your individual needs and that our team has your best interests at heart. For experienced care for busy professionals, retirees, and athletes alike, contact us today.

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