Shoulder Pain Treatment

When shoulder pain occurs, it can have a serious impact on your daily activities. As anyone who has experienced it knows, the pain felt in the shoulder can be extremely debilitating and can be the result of a variety of different causes. The shoulder is an incredibly complex and mobile joint so when shoulder pain is present, it’s important to first pinpoint the source and reason for the pain.

Where is my shoulder pain coming from?

The majority of shoulder problems are the result of gradual irritation over time though shoulder pain can also be the result of a sudden injury like straining to reach an object or lifting something heavy. Other repetitive movements may contribute to overuse stress on the shoulder joints and can develop over time. Weakened muscles in the shoulder area or poor posture are also strong contributors, common to those who sit at a desk for long periods of time. Imbalances of strength and flexibility can cause certain structures within the joint to take on more weight than they can carry and should be addressed as early as possible. Other conditions that may be responsible for shoulder pain are rotator cuff injury, bursitis shoulder, frozen shoulder, shoulder dislocation, fractures, or shoulder arthritis.

When should I seek shoulder pain treatment?

If you feel pain in the shoulder, it’s important to get the issue addressed as soon as possible as untreated irritations can potentially lead to much larger problems that are long-lasting. Shoulder pain can also lead to secondary conditions such as irritation of the bursa and rotator-cuff tendonitis or tears. Seeking shoulder pain treatment will help you correct problems before they worsen and allow you to focus in on specific areas that may be contributing to your pain.

How can physical therapy help with my shoulder pain?

Your physical therapist can not only help you determine the source of your shoulder pain but they’ll also work to design a shoulder pain treatment plan that matches your unique body and postural habits. They’ll help you to identify and avoid painful movements by teaching you techniques and exercises that you can do at home. They may also incorporate key factors into your shoulder pain treatment such as:

• Manual therapy to help loosen muscles and joints through gentle joint movements, soft-tissue massage, and specific shoulder stretches to improve mobility.
• Strengthening exercises based on your specific condition to address any weak muscle areas that are contributing to your pain.
• Patient education to correct poor posture and adjust daily habits that may be causing shoulder pain.

Physical therapists can provide the necessary tools to prevent and/or treat shoulder pain, allowing you to return to your favorite activities pain-free and better than ever! To learn more about how to prevent shoulder pain injuries or to eliminate any current discomfort, book a physical therapy assessment today.

“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.”

– G.

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