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Swimming Shoulder Pain

Swimming: Shoulder Pain

Incorrect swimming techniques can often lead to shoulder pain. Onset of pain can be acute depending on how much swimming you have done – or it may develop over a while. The types of problems we see are generally injuries that can occur for a number of reasons, typically they include:

  • Weakness in the rotator cuff muscles
  • Weakness in shoulder stability muscles
  • Stiffness in the shoulder, upper back and neck
  • Poor swimming technique
  • Training error – too much, too soon

The Physiotherapists at Physiotherapy Professionals Parramatta are experienced in identifying the causes of the problem and providing treatment to help get you back in the pool.


  1. Reduce inflammation – Rest from activity, Ice the area if it is possible.  Your physio can guide you on the appropriate exercises to do during this early stage of recovery
  2. Restore mobility of your shoulder, neck and back – Your Physiotherapist can help with muscle release and joint mobilisation to improve your mobility
  3. Rotator cuff strengthening – Your Physiotherapist will provide you with appropriate exercises to help restore the stabilising muscles of your shoulder and scapula.

It is important to note that people progress at different rates back to swimming. How long it takes with depend on the level of tissue damage that has occurred and the underlying causes of the problem. So whether it is a long standing niggle or a new pain, contact your Physiotherapist.

Contact us today on 0479 080 800 to make a booking. Alternatively you can email us on [email protected]Our Physiotherapists are Medicare, NDIS, DVA and Work Cover approved, specialising in injury management and rehabilitation to get you back to full function.