Shoulder Pain

The Complexity of Shoulder Pain

Our shoulders are a complicated structure with 26 different muscles working together like members of a symphony orchestra. The shoulder is made up of four joints, which not only connect one another, but also form the connecting unit to your shoulder blades, collarbone and upper arms.

Because of this, when people have problems with their shoulder(s), they oftentimes have trouble performing functions that require upper-body mobility. 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 is complicated to treat on your own.


What causes shoulder pain?

The causes of shoulder pain can stem from a sudden injury, repetitive motion or a lifetime of poor posture, which irritates the joint structures (i.e. muscles, ligaments, joints). These conditions can cause inflammatory disorders or even various forms of arthritis of the shoulder joints over time. Other injuries to the shoulder include separation, dislocation, rotator cuff tear, capsular adhesion or a blunt trauma from a fall, causing a fracture.

In addition, shoulders tend to carry problems and pain from other parts of your body, so that even neck tightness, heart disease or gallbladder problems can show up as “referred pain” in ones shoulders.


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

Our highly trained physical therapists will work with you on a variety of range of motion, stretching and strengthening exercises to bring pain-free mobility back to your shoulder. A complete evaluation will identify exactly where the problem is and our physical therapists will treat the appropriate tissue to help with healing.

To be most effective, it’s key to assess above and below the painful areas to identify the correct tissues to treat. You will go through the four phases of the “Rehabilitation Cycle” to improve your range of motion, flexibility, strength and functional mobility. Our physical therapists will do some hands-on, Manual Therapy along your neck and shoulder complex, including soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, joint mobilization and other specialized techniques to help you get out of pain and back to living life pain-free.

For building strength, endurance and coordination, your physical therapy will involve resistance training, such as manual resistance, free weights, theraband, machines and specialized equipment (blood flow restriction cuff, body blade, etc.) for specific, return-to-function training.


Are you ready to get started?

Whether you are in need of post-surgical rehabilitation or are hoping to avoid surgery, our comprehensive treatment plan is designed to both target the various parts of your complex shoulder system and to keep you motivated throughout the sessions.

Call us today to learn how we can help you Get Better, Faster.