Physical Therapy for Shoulder Pain
Shoulder Pain Holding You Back?
Physical Therapy can help!
Our shoulders offer us a huge range of motion for completing daily activities, but this mobility also makes our shoulder joints some of the most complex and unstable joints in our bodies. Shoulder injuries can result from sports, accidents, and impacts, or even mild, everyday tasks like hanging curtains or gardening.
If you experience pain, stiffness, or limited mobility in your shoulder, consider a non-invasive treatment plan like physical therapy for your shoulder injury.
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3 Common Shoulder Injuries
Shoulder injuries are common in people young and old, with all different activity levels. Your shoulders consist of several bones and joints connected with an intricate group of muscles and tendons, referred to as your rotator cuff. While broken bones and fractures do occur, most shoulder injuries are damage to the soft tissues.
Some of the most common shoulder injuries include instability and dislocation, impingements and rotator cuff trauma:
1. Shoulder Instability and Dislocations
Shoulder instability occurs when the shoulder joint is forced out of its normal position and the muscles and ligaments holding it together become stretched past their normal limits. This instability can result from injury, but it can also just be a normal part of growth for younger folks.
Instability could also be a contributing factor for shoulder dislocations — when the top part of your arm bone comes out of the shoulder socket either partway or all the way. When the bone is displaced, it may tear some of the labrum's soft tissue. Dislocations can also result from impacts like falls or sudden twists and pulls.
2. Shoulder Impingements
Shoulder impingements occur when your rotator cuff's tendons get pinched in the shoulder bones. This type of injury usually results from falls, bone spurs in your shoulder or improper form during athletic activities that require you to lift your arms over your head frequently.
Shoulder impingements are especially common for swimmers, softball pitchers and tennis players.
3. Rotator Cuff Injuries
Your rotator cuffs hold your arms in place and allow you to lift them over your head. Overuse, general wear and tear or impacts from a fall may cause rips in the tendons. With small or partial tears, you may not even realize you have an injury, but larger tears can cause significant pain and limited mobility or weakness in the affected shoulder.
How Physical Therapy Can Relieve Shoulder Pain
Physical therapy is an effective and non-invasive treatment option to help you reduce pain, regain your range of motion and strengthen your injured shoulder. Your therapist will perform manual therapy, including massages and manual movements to get the blood flowing and facilitate healing. They'll also give you physical therapy exercises for your shoulder pain.
Shoulder exercises can improve your range of motion, strength and flexibility while preventing stiffness. Together, these treatments should stabilize and restore your shoulder and help prevent future injuries.
Our Treatments for Shoulder Pain may include:
- Hands-on Manual Therapy
- Joint Mobilization/Stabilization
- Stretching and Strengthening
- Aquatic Therapy
- Ultrasound and Electrical Stimulation (E-Stim)
- Heat/Ice Treatment
- Personalized Home Exercise Program