Shoulder Pain

Common Complaints, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment And How Physical Therapy Can Help

Typical Complaints

“My shoulder aches at night.”

“My shoulder hurts with activity overhead.”

“I cannot raise my arm up.”

“My shoulder hurts when I do a lot of lifting away from my body, but not with my arms closer to my body.”

“I have a hard time sleeping on my injured side.”

Common Causes

Research consistently shows that the following contribute to most shoulder complaints:

·         Direct trauma

·         Object hitting the shoulder

·         Dislocation

·         Fracture

·         Poor posture

·         Repetitive activity

Common Diagnosis

·         Muscle strains or ligament sprains

·         Arthritis

·         Bone spurs

  • Torn tendons or ligaments (rotator cuff tear, SLAP lesion)
  • Tendinitis in the rotator cuff or biceps muscles
  •  Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
  • Subluxations (dislocations)
  • Fractures
  •  Instability
  • Impingement

Common Treatments

Along with skilled manual therapy, individualized stretching and strengthening and patient education, we may incorporate methods such as theraband, theraputty, theracord, aquatherapy, therapeutic taping, ice, heat, electrical stimulation, and iontophoresis. Our goal is to quickly restore your function, relieve your pain and get you back to your favorite activities.

We can help relieve your pain.

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