Claremont Shoulder & Neck Clinic

This clinic was established within Claremont Physiotherapy as a direct result of Bruce Paulik's thirty-year special interest in the treatment and management of shoulder and neck pain/headaches. As an APA Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Bruce has attended a great many national and international conferences to extend his knowledge of shoulder and neck disorders, and this is backed up by his experience over 30 years in helping thousands of patients achieve pain free outcomes.

Shoulder Pain

The shoulder is one of the most flexible joints in the human body but, amazingly, is able to take the enormous stresses and strains of work and sporting activities. Its stability is maintained by an interaction between the static stabilising structures such as the joints and ligaments, and the complex interaction of scapulo-humeral muscles.

Painful shoulder conditions

Painful shoulder conditions are extremely common, causing both limited range of motion and pain on activity, such that every day actions of living and sporting activities become restricted or impossible. Our specialised knowledge of the structure and function of the shoulder complex allows us to provide efficient and effective treatment and rehabilitation for many shoulder conditions, such as

  • rotator cuff disorders such as tears and strains
  • impingement disorders, including bursitis
  • frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
  • instability
  • shoulder arthritis
  • chronic shoulder pain and stiffness
  • shoulder sports injuries
  • post-operative shoulder rehabilitation.


Treatment and management of these conditions may include:

  • mobilisation of the joints of the shoulder complex
  • soft tissue massage for tight structures around the shoulder
  • dry needling (anatomical acupuncture) for painful trigger points in muscles
  • mobilisation of tight areas of the neck and upper back
  • electrotherapy to help promote healing and reduce pain
  • exercise rehabilitation programs to restore mobility, stretch tight structures, strengthen weak musculature.

Neck Pain

One of the biggest changes seen in our society over the past 30 years has been the advent of the computer, and its encroachment on every part of our working and social life.

Unfortunately there is a price to pay. Prolonged sitting at a computer, particularly a laptop computer, encourages poor posture of the neck and upper back. This results in stiffness of the neck and upper back joints, weakness of the postural stabilising muscles, and tightness of many other muscle groups. So now, as physiotherapists, we no longer mainly see patients whose neck and upper back pain is caused by sport or work injuries, but many whose pain, stiffness and dysfunction can be directly attributed to their prolonged posture at a desk in front of a computer screen - or even worse - sitting with a computer on their lap.

The end result of these prolonged postures can include neck or upper back type pain after activity such as sport, work or gardening, headaches, chronic neck, upper back or shoulder aching, and reduced performance at sport due to restricted mobility of the spine.

Common conditions seen at Claremont Shoulder and Neck Clinic:

  • acute neck and upper back pain
  • chronic neck and upper back aching and stiffness
  • recurrent headaches
  • pain radiating from the neck into the shoulder blade or arm.
  • Whiplash syndrome
  • Wry neck
  • neck and upper back sports injuries
  • arthritis and degenerative changes of the neck and upper back
  • temporomandibular (jaw) joint problems.


Treatment and management of these conditions may include:

  • spinal mobilisation to recover normal movement of the neck and upper back
  • Postural and lifestyle advice
  • soft tissue massage for tight neck and upper back muscles
  • dry needling (anatomical acupuncture) for painful trigger points in muscles
  • exercises to promote better posture, improve mobility, and strengthen weak muscles
  • heat or ice treatment to control pain

For more information on the conditions we treat and services we offer, or to book an appointment call
(08) 9386 9961 or email us at

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Claremont Physiotherapy and Clinical Pilates, 261 Stirling Highway Claremont WA 6010

Our physiotherapists are experts in the management of musculoskeletal pain, injury and disease.
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