Refers to shoulder pain of more than three months duration. Most commonly due to tendinitis (tears and/or irritation) of the biceps and/or rotator cuff and/or degenerative changes (osteoarthritis). Can be caused by trauma or repetitive strain. May occur at any age but more common in older adults.
What are common symptoms?
- Usually a dull nagging ache that becomes worse with certain movements
- The pain is usually located proximally at the anterior and/or lateral aspects of the shoulder
- Pain can refer distally to the mid-lateral arm and to the elbow
- Usually worse with overhead lifting, pulling activities or when sleeping on the affected side
What are current treatments?
- Most people recover well from shoulder tendinitis with appropriate treatment but there is no cure for shoulder pain due to osteoarthritis
- Surgery is usually the last resort when all other treatments fail
- Cortisone injections and anti-inflammatory medications can provide short-term relief but not recommended as a stand-alone treatment
- Multimodal conservative care combining education on self-management, specific exercises, and manual therapy is recommended
How can the Boot Camp Program help people with Persistent Shoulder Pain?
- The 6-week Boot Camp Program for Persistent Shoulder Pain is a comprehensive best evidence approach
- Combines manual therapy, tailored exercises and instruction on self-management strategies, using a cognitive-behavioral approach
- The goal is to reduce pain, restore function and reduce recurrence
Our Treatment Program
The Persistent Shoulder Pain Boot Camp Program is a 6-week training program aimed to significantly improve short and long term outcomes
Learn On Your Own
Learn to implement the Boot Camp Program by enrolling in our online course. The course consists of educational videos, a step-by-step instructional workbook and implementation guide.
Become a Trained Practitioner
Enroll and successfully complete a virtual or hands-on in-person certification workshop. Once completed you will be listed on our website as a trained practitioner.