Shoulder Physio

shoulder physio

Shoulder Rehabilitation

We can help with specific shoulder injuries including rotator cuff strain, dislocated shoulder rehabilitation and AC joint sprain.

It is essential an accurate diagnosis of your injury is made before beginning any shoulder rehabilitation. Shoulder rehabilitation exercises usually begin in the early stages following a shoulder injury with mobility exercises, especially pendulum exercises for more severe injuries. Then when pain allows isometric or static shoulder exercises are used to begin strengthening progressing to dynamic ones with resistance band or dumbell weights.

Exercises to stabilise the shoulder girdle, including the shoulder blade as well as any deficit in spine function is important to prevent a shoulder injury recurring. Later on more sports specific or functional exercises are done to get the athlete back to peak physical fitness for their sport.

The shoulder is one of the most mobile joints in the body and for this reason can be one of the most unstable and often injured. Injuries can occur through sports injuries and trauma or wear and tear from overuse in an occupation or sport. It is one of the more challenging joints in the body to rehabilitate. The shoulder girdle is made up of 3 regions to consider:

  1. The scapular (shoulder blade) on the rib cage
  2. The acromio-clavicular joint, known as the AC joint.
  3. The gleno-humeral joint (Ball and socket).


Assessment and diagnosis must consider all of the above regions to assist with producing the best practice rehab program for each

The physiotherapists at Ball & Socket Physio Perth have the skills and expertise to address all your shoulder injuries, whether they be post-operative, wear and tear, or from a fall or trauma. 

Shoulder complexity

The shoulder consists of some clever engineering, as it needs to be strong, yet be very mobile at the same time. The shoulder is theoretically made up of three joints. The scapula-thoracic isn’t a true joint, as there is not a true bony linkage, but the shoulder blade swings on the rib cage, acting like a joint. Secondly, is the Acromio-Clavicular joint, or most commonly known as the AC joint. This is the bony articulation between the collarbone and the shoulder blade.

This is the bony linkage between the arm and the spine. Finally, the most important joint is the gleno-humeral joint, or the ball and socket joint, as it is most commonly known. The ball and socket provides the movement and stability to the shoulder girdle. The rotator cuff tendons hold the ball into the socket.

Ball & Socket Physio Perth has the capacity to assist you with all your shoulder screening for upper limb  sports such as tennis, swimming, throwing sports, golf, baseball and gymnastics.

Please contact us for further information.