Physical Therapy for the Shoulder

Is Shoulder Pain keeping you from life’s activities?

We carry the weight of the world on them, but don’t spend a lot of time trying to figure them out. Yet our shoulders are each incredibly complicated joint systems. The positive aspect of this complexity is that your shoulders allow your body to undertake an amazing range of activities. On the down side, when something goes wrong with one or both of them, it can be complicated to treat on your own. Specifically, each one of your shoulders is made up of four joints, which are connected not only to one another, but form the connecting unit to your shoulder blades, collarbone and upper arms. Because of this interdependence, any problem with your shoulder often means trouble performing functions that require almost any kind of upper-body mobility.

What Causes Shoulder Pain?

The causes of shoulder problems can stem from a sudden injury, a lifetime of poor posture, or conditions which weaken joint tissue. These conditions include various forms of arthritis and other inflammatory disorders.  Aggravating injuries include shoulder dislocation and broken arms, rotator cuff tearing, and falls or blows to your torso. In addition, shoulders tend to carry problems with other parts of your body, so that even heart disease or gallbladder problems can show up as “referred pain” in your shoulders.

What does physical therapy do to stop shoulder pain and stiffness?

Our highly trained physical therapist work with you on a variety of stretch and rehabilitation exercises to bring pain-free mobility back to your shoulder.  A complete evaluation will verify exactly where the problem is, as well as its severity.  To be most effective, most physical therapy for shoulder pain will incorporate strength and flexibility in entire shoulder moves.  Stretching is key for improving flexibility.  Your therapist will likely talk you through stretching moves, as well as gently manipulate your muscles.

Shoulder conditions we treat but not limited to:

  • Acromioclavicular Joint Separation
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Clavicle fractures
  • Dislocation
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Impingement
  • Instability
  • Labral Tears
  • Pain and Post-operative
  • Rotator Cuff Tears and Strains
  • Scapular dysfunctions
  • Tendonitis