Physiotherapy for shoulder pain at Spire Little Aston Hospital

Shoulder pain is a common problem and has a variety of different causes. Pain in the area of the shoulder can sometimes be caused by a problem in another area such as the neck.

Correct diagnosis is essential for the effective management of shoulder conditions. Here at Spire Little Aston Hospital our team of highly trained physiotherapists will be able to give you an in-depth assessment of your shoulder pain and provide a tailored treatment plan.

Some of the most common causes of shoulder pain are as follows:

Rotator cuff pain

This is the most common cause for shoulder pain. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that control the position of the ball in the socket. Due to its position and function the rotator cuff tendons are vulnerable to overload and therefore pain. The large Subacromial Bursae, a fluid-filled sac which sits on top of the rotator cuff, can also become inflamed and painful. While occasionally patients will recall a specific incident, more commonly the symptoms have developed gradually over time. This may be linked to a change in physical activity, sport, or work.

Physiotherapy treatment to restore full strength and correct movement at the shoulder is very effective.

Tears in the rotator cuff can occur as a result of injury but also occur as part of the ageing process. If the tear is as a result of an injury an assessment from an orthopaedic consultant may be required.

Age-related rotator cuff tears are surprisingly common and physiotherapy has been shown to be effective in the management of the condition without the need for surgery.

Frozen shoulder

This term describes a process in which the joint capsule (the connective tissue that surrounds the shoulder) gradually tightens restricting range of movement but also pain. The specific cause for a frozen shoulder is not known but people who suffer with diabetes and heart conditions may be more likely to develop one.

In the early stages this condition can be very painful and disturb your sleep. In most cases the pain will gradually settle although regaining full movement can take a long time. Initially an X-ray is often useful as part of diagnosing the condition and steroid injections may also be used if the pain is severe.

Physiotherapy is helpful for relieving the pain from a frozen shoulder and helping regain full range of movement.


The shoulder is a very mobile joint but sometimes this can come at the price of stability. Instability in the shoulder can occur as a direct result of injury (ie, dislocation) but can also occur without trauma, particularly in people who have hypermobility (excessive joint movement).

Physiotherapy treatment aims to maximise the strength and control of the muscles that support that shoulder to reduce pain and restore full function.

How much does it cost?

If you have private medical insurance (PMI), speak to your insurance company, as many treatments are covered by your insurance. We are recognised by all major medical insurers. All our therapists are HCPC and CSP registered which is often a prerequisite of many PMI providers.

Should you wish to pay for your treatment via PMI you will need to contact your insurer prior to seeing a physiotherapist to obtain an authorisation code. Many insurers also require that you have a GP referral for physiotherapy. Please check with your own PMI provider.

If you wish to pay for your own treatment, please contact us for prices on 0121 580 7119.

Book an appointment or find out more

If you are paying for treatment yourself, no referral is necessary and you can contact us directly to book an appointment. If you are paying through medical insurance, you will need a referral letter from your GP or consultant before you make an appointment.

To find out more about shoulder pain or to book an appointment, please call 0121 580 7131 or email

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