The Shoulder

Your shoulder joints are the most moveable joints in your body. Therefore, it’s not surprising that the shoulder joint can also be one of the most unstable joints. In fact, shoulder injuries are among the most common injuries reported in emergency rooms each year.

What Causes Shoulder Pain?

Your shoulder pain may be caused by an acute injury (e.g. a fall), a degenerative process, or by the injury of the soft tissue structures that surround the joint (e.g. rotator cuff tendons, bursa, ligaments).

You are most at risk for shoulder pain if you:

  • Play sports that require overhead motions (e.g. baseball, softball and tennis)
  • Perform physical jobs that require repetitive shoulder motions
  • Are over 40 years of age

Common Shoulder Conditions

Our Physical Therapists will develop a customized treatment plan to relieve your shoulder pain and restore joint mobility. The most common shoulder injuries that are effectively treated with physical therapy are:

  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Cartilage Tears
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Instability of the Shoulder Joint
  • Osteoarthritis

Treatment Options

Our team of Physical Therapists treats patients using evidence-based treatment techniques that speed recovery time while reducing the risk of recurrence of shoulder pain:

  • Manual therapy to decrease pain, increase range of motion, and improve function
  • Therapeutic exercises to stretch and strengthen shoulder and scapular muscles that will decrease shoulder stress and improve function of the shoulder complex
  • Functional exercises that are tailored to your activity level
  • Self-management education to reduce chance of recurrence

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