Shoulder Physical Therapy

After sustaining a painful shoulder injury, Jonathan gave me great treatment until my shoulder was fully healed. He was very knowledgeable about the intimate processes of the shoulder and the body in general. I even referred my brother to him. He seems genuinely invested in helping people recover and become pain free. The atmosphere of the clinic is relaxed, and the scheduling is smooth and easy thanks to Heidi.

I had a lot of pain in my shoulder before coming to Therapydia, especially during and after my softball games. After a couple of months of therapy with Jonathan a couple times a week my range of motion has been restored and my pain is gone. I’d certainly recommend them to a friend.

So as an over 50 female and one who generally ignored sports injuries for decades it surprised me to be writing this to Jonathan Burke…but thank you. A recent shoulder injury which took me out of my training for months and limited even my daily normal routine was nursed back to 110% by Jonathan. His patience with me as I reluctantly went through therapy was appreciated. My shoulder is better now than before the injury. I am completing overhead lifts as never done before. I am stronger than pre injury. I could not have done this without you. I am forever grateful.

Shoulder Pain Relief

The shoulder is considered to be one of the most intricate joint systems in the entire human body involving multiple tendons and muscles that allow a variety of motions with the arm from shooting hoops to getting dressed. Your shoulder is made up of three bones: your upper arm bone (humerus), your shoulder blade (scapula), and your collarbone (clavicle). The head of your upper arm bone fits into a rounded socket, the glenoid, in your shoulder blade. A combination of muscles and tendons keeps your arm bone centered in your shoulder socket. These tissues are called the rotator cuff and they cover the head of your upper arm bone and attach it to your shoulder blade. The wide range of motion our shoulders give us can cause problems when our shoulders are overused, have some instability or suffered from a sudden injury leading to tendon impingements and pain.

Signs & Symptoms

    Identifying the reasons for shoulder pain can be multifactorial and there are 3 classifications of shoulder conditions.

    • 1. Shoulder pain and mobility deficits (Frozen Shoulder)
    • 2. Shoulder stability and movement coordination impairments (Shoulder Dislocation)
    • 3. Shoulder pain and muscle power deficits (Rotator Cuff, Bursitis)


      Common symptoms:

      • Limited shoulder range of motion
      • Difficulty lifting
      • Difficulty with overhead motions

Why Physical Therapy

    There are 3 specific benchmarks our physical therapists look for during your shoulder physical therapy program:

    • 1. Pain-free:
    • First and foremost, we want to ensure that all patients are not feeling any pain in their shoulder region. Nobody wants to be in pain and throughout the recovery process so we make this a top priority.

    • 2. Shoulder range of motion (ROM):
    • Through manual therapy and a custom exercise program, our physical therapists will help maintain your range of motion and reduce any pain you may be feeling. During each visit, we will work on increasing your ROM across all directions and prescribe exercises that will gradually help you move without pain.

    • 3. Return to activity or sport:
    • The ultimate goal of physical therapy is to get you back to where you were before injury, and potentially beyond, by correcting any inefficient movement. We customize every treatment program to our patients needs and goals. During this stage, we will continue to utilize manual therapy techniques and develop additional exercises to get your range of motion back to normal.

Watch Dr. Burke, Clinic Director of Therapydia NOLA, discuss shoulder rotator cuff symptoms

About Therapydia NOLA

Better Physical Therapy Experience

At Therapydia NOLA, our physical therapists offer one-on-one, hands-on shoulder treatment. You’ll spend your entire with one of our expert therapists – we won’t hand you off to a PT assistant or aide. We’ll help you understand what’s causing your pain, what you can do to relieve your pain and ways to prevent reoccurring injuries. Best of all, you’re covered. Therapydia works with and provides billing for most PPO insurance groups and Medicare. We also accept cash-based payments.

  • Lifetime Wellness
  • Hands-On-Care
  • Quality Treatment
  • Jonathan Burke, DPT, MTC, CSCS
    Clinic Director
    and Physical Therapist
  • Whitney Braswell, DPT
    Physical Therapist

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