Our expert physios can treat mild to severe shoulder pain including frozen shoulder and rotator cuff injuries


Response Physio & Sports Therapy clinics are home to top-class physios and sports therapists, specialising ineffective treatment for shoulder injuries, conditions and post-surgery rehabilitation. Physio care is effective for a range of shoulder pain, including frozen shoulder, fractures, dislocations, tendinitis, trapped nerves, torn cartilage, rotator cuff injuries, bursitis, arthritis and diabetic shoulder pain.

The shoulder is made up of a complex system of joints, bones, muscles, ligaments and soft tissues, which all play a part in its advanced movement. If any of these elements become weak or damaged, you will experience pain that can affect you both physically and mentally. Shoulder pain can occur following an accident or injury, or can simply occur without any particular explanation or cause.

How can physiotherapy help shoulder pain?

Many people with shoulder pain can manage their symptoms and return to usual activities with a series of gentle physical therapy sessions, designed to improve flexibility and strength of the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint.

We have a network of Chartered Physiotherapists and Sports Therapists located nationwide, who are experienced in assessing and treating mild to chronic shoulder pain issues with manual physio, sports massage and exercise. Our team will complete a physical examination and diagnosis before treatment.

Our Physiotherapists will combine their in-depth knowledge of the body with successful hands-on techniques to treat your shoulder pain and decrease the likelihood of recurrence. We will create a personalised treatment plan that takes into consideration the cause, condition, mobility and capabilities.

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What are the best treatments for
shoulder pain?

Response Physiotherapists use industry-approved treatments and techniques to help with shoulder pain, including physio exercise, deep tissue massage, manual physio, electrotherapy, hydrotherapy and acupuncture. Whether you are looking for treatment for rotator cuff injuries, help with frozen shoulder, treatment following a shoulder dislocation or need a diagnosis for your shoulder pain, our team of Physiotherapists will create the most effective care plan for your condition.

Successful treatment of shoulder pain depends on having an accurate diagnosis, so it’s important that we understand your condition before we start any treatment.


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Main Causes of Shoulder pain

The shoulder complex is structured to offer a wide range of motion and stability. It is made up of several bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and a fibrous joint capsule. If any of these elements become swollen, weak or damaged, is it likely that you will experience acute to chronic shoulder pain.

Some causes are clear, such as if you have suffered a recent sports injury, pulled your shoulder during exercise or have a pre-existing health issue such as shoulder arthritis. However, shoulder pain isn’t always caused by a problem in the shoulder joint itself – sometimes it is the result of injury to another location in your body, usually, the neck or biceps, known as referred pain.


There are many potential causes of shoulder pain, including:

  • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Impingement syndrome
  • Overuse
  • Arthritis
  • Fracture
  • Dislocation
  • Torn cartilage or ligament damage
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Muscle strain
  • Swollen bursa sacs
  • Pinched or trapped nerve
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Bone spurs
  • Parton’s-Turner Syndrome
  • Shoulder separation
  • Referred pain

What are the common symptoms of shoulder pain?

Painful shoulder symptoms are actually very common and generally increase with age. Individuals with careers that require repeatedly performing overhead motions, such as painters and construction workers, are likely to experience these issues at an earlier age. Swimmers and other athletes are also more prone to developing shoulder problems.

Common symptoms of shoulder pain include:

  • A dull or strong ache deep in the shoulder
  • Pain in the back or the front of the shoulder
  • An inability to move the arm or shoulder without pain
  • Pins and needles
  • Burning sensation
  • A decreased range of motion
  • Arm weakness

The above symptoms need to be properly assessed by an experienced Physiotherapist, who can diagnose the cause of your shoulder pain and provide the most appropriate treatment, management and advice.

Treating your shoulder pain before your physio appointment

Shoulder issues can be very painful and should not be ignored; the best thing you can do is seek professional physiotherapy care as soon as possible. We understand how mentally and physically exhausting it can be to live with a condition such as yours, so we recommend you follow our advice below prior to your appointment with us.

  • Stay active and keep your shoulder moving gently (resting can hinder your recovery)
  • Ensure you maintain good posture with your shoulders down and back
  • Try our exercises for shoulder pain
  • Sit up straight with a cushion behind your lower back
  • Do not do your own strenuous exercises or use heavy gym equipment
  • Manage the pain with painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen
  • Apply heat or cold packs

for Shoulder Pain?

We are one of the UK’s leading providers of musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapy in the leisure, NHS, and corporate wellbeing markets.

Response Physio & Sports Therapy delivers high-quality physiotherapy to patients across the UK. With a network of clinics, a team of qualified Physiotherapists and Sports Therapists, we can offer a choice of clinics near you and personalised treatment plans to get you feeling better faster.

We offer flexible opening hours to suit busy lifestyles including early and late appointments, Saturday clinics, and remote clinics. There are no waiting lists and appointments are often available within 24 hours. We accept NHS referrals, self-pay, and all major private health insurers, including AXA, BUPA, and Medico-legal.

We have 16 physio clinics within 15 locations that offer treatment for shoulder pain:







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