At Pure Physio we use video analysis, complete specific assessment, and clear explanations to make sure that you completely understand your injury.

Like every patient we see, we treat every shoulder issue on a case by case basis. We tailor our approach to meet your specific individual needs. We’ll obtain a full overview to determine the issue: the location and type of pain, the mechanism of injury, any aggravating factors, easing factors, contributing lifestyle factors, and your personal goals for rehabilitation. Then, we get to work.

We have 2 clinics in Melbourne’s CBD to choose from, one on Collins Street, the other on Queen Street.

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Our approach to shoulder treatment

The Pure Physio rehabilitation gym is integral to our success in treating shoulders. Our comprehensive video analysis is complemented by a detailed history and performing a thorough physical assessment. Through the use of full-length mirrors, we can closely monitor your positioning while we facilitate the retraining of your shoulder movements.

Of course there is also the importance of ongoing hands-on treatment to enable recovery and rehab. Manual techniques provide pain relief and play in important role in restoring normal movement through your neck, back and shoulder.


When should I see a physiotherapist?

If you’ve experienced any of the following signs or symptoms, we recommend you get in touch with the team as soon as possible:

  • Pain of any nature in or around the shoulder, sharp, dull, deep, aching.
  • Any kind of audible ‘pop’ or ‘crack’ sound in the shoulder joint.
  • Dislocation – a feeling of the arm ‘separating’ from the shoulder joint.
  • Subluxation – a feeling of the shoulder popping out then back in again.
  • Altered sensations in the hand or arm. This includes the feeling of pins and needles up and down the arm, or any numbness in the hand.
  • Pain or other symptoms radiating up into the neck or upper back region.
  • A sensation of weakness or instability in the shoulder or arm
  • Pain or altered symptoms in the upper back or neck.
  • Inability to complete your normal physical activities.


Pain can vary from:

  • Dull/aching
  • Sharp/shooting/acute


Onset may be:

  • A sudden injury
  • Gradual, with no specific or identifiable ‘injury’


  • Normal everyday activities.
  • Higher level specific physical activities
  • Overuse (i.e. gradually worsens throughout a given activity, or at the end of the day)
  • Rest: the shoulder is in constant pain.


  • Stiffness.
  • Swelling.
  • Numbness or tingling.
  • Weakness.
  • Spasms.
  • Clicking or stuttered motion.


Common conditions

Shoulder pain can be linked to a range of injuries, and resolution may require treatment to your shoulder, back and neck. Some of the more frequent conditions that present in clinic are:

  • Postural dysfunctions or problems
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation,
  • Tendon impingement
  • Shoulder bursitis
  • Acute joint soft tissue injuries
  • Rotator cuff dysfunction
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • AC joint injuries
  • Post-fracture rehabilitation


Frequently-asked questions

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