Shoulder injuries, Are You at Risk?

Do you experience shoulder pain or have an injury, perform long hours at a computer workstation or perform repetitive dynamic movements of the shoulder and upper limb?

Shoulder injuries are common place within Australian workplaces and in many sports that require dynamic and repetitive use of the upper limbs such as golf, tennis, volleyball or cricket. Workcover WA reported that 37% of workplace injury claims were for upper limb injuries between 2011/12 to 2014/15. (Workcover WA Annual Statistical Report 2016). Common injuries can include rotator cuff tear or tendinopathy, bursitis or impingement and osteoarthritis. Factors that can predispose you to injury can include:

  • Your work role;
  • Repetitive overhead movement, heavy lifting or static computer-based tasks;
  • The sport you play;
  • Inadequate flexibility;
  • Inadequate strength;
  • Poor muscular control and imbalance;
  • Poor posture; or
  • Previous injury

As injuries can occur suddenly or over a period of time (through accumulation or degeneration) prevention is fundamental factor when addressing any musculoskeletal issue or injury. The RACGP reports that with early intervention around 23% of all new episodes of shoulder pain completely resolve within 1 month, 44% within 3 months of initial onset and approximately 50% of people with acute shoulder pain who are treated conservatively recover within 6 months and approximately 60% recover within 12 months (“RACGP – Shoulder Injuries – Management In General Practice”). An Accredited Exercise Physiologist can prescribe you a graded exercise programme that can not only reduce your risk of injury but also help to strengthen and rehabilitate you to optimal function. An assessment with an Absolute Balance Exercise Physiologist will address areas such as:

  • Asymmetrical posture, inflexibility and joint range of motion
  • Deficits in muscular strength
  • Implementation of closed-kinetic chain exercises to improve muscular control, strength and joint stability
  • Integrate functional and closed-kinetic chain exercises to further restore function for work and sport

If you have any issues with your shoulder, have had a previous injury, find your work role physically demanding or wish to reduce your risk of injury then seek a referral from your GP or meet with an Absolute Balance Exercise Physiologist for a specific and tailored exercise programme.


Troy Crimmin (B.Sc. – Sports, Grad Dip  – Ex Sci, Grad Dip WHS)

Senior Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) (ESSAM)