Shoulder conditions


Chronic and acute shoulder pain can keep us doing the things that we love. Many shoulder injuries occur during our favourite sports, while others occur after years of wear and tear. A simple exercise program can help to prevent injury, while rehabilitation programs can assist after injury or surgery has occurred, helping to reduce pain and restore function.

Barangaroo Physio can assist with shoulder pain. Our experienced practitioners have treated a variety of shoulder conditions and can develop personalised treatment plans to help heal your condition and get you out of pain. 

types of shoulder conditions:

  • Impingement
  • AC Joint Dysfunction
  • Scapular Dysfunction
  • Tendinopathy
  • Instability 
  • Dislocation
  • Fracture 
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pre & Post Operative Rehab

If you have been living with ongoing shoulder pain, book in to see one of our physiotherapists. We can help you today!


A SLAP tear is an injury to the cartilage of the shoulder joint called the labrum.  The labrum is a ring of cartilage surrounding the socket of the shoulder joint. The humerus/arm bone forms the ball aspect of the shoulder joint. Together they form a ball and socket joint.

SLAP stands for Superior Labrum from Anterior to Posterior, and is a fancy way to say that the cartilage at the top of the shoulder has been injured. The SLAP tear occurs at the point where the bicep tendon inserts onto the labrum, and you can see from the diagram below exactly where the injury occurs.


Time – the less time you spend being injured; the more time you have to do the things you love. Prehab can prepare you for the physical demands of daily life, various sports and your hobbies!

Money – we all know the saying ‘prevention is better than cure’ but prevention is also cheaper than cure. A few preventative screens or sessions are far less costly than needing an MRI/CT scan and potential surgery.


After sustaining an injury it is important to rest and modify. During this ‘rest’ time, keep the frequency of training the same or the number of training sessions per week the same.

However, reduce the volume (total reps and sets) and intensity (physical and mental effort) of the workouts. What this means is that you can still enjoy training and the benefit of training without imposing more risk on the current injury. 


Most people will have only heard of the rotator cuff when they were told they have a rotator cuff strain or tear.  Rotator cuff injuries occur more often in people who provide repetitive overhead movements for example, swimmers, painters and tennis players.

But what does the Rotator cuff mean? Where is it and what does it do?

As a whole the rotator cuff is made up of 4 muscles and tendons that help provide strength and stability to the shoulder during movement. These muscles are located around the shoulder blade and form a cuff around the shoulder joint and attach onto the top of the long arm bone.