Shoulder Pain

What is it?

The shoulder is a ball and socket joint, also known as the glenohumeral joint, and is the body’s most flexible and complex joint.  It is the connection of the scapula (shoulder blade) with the humerus (upper arm), but also incorporates the motion between the shoulder blade and the upper back. With so much mobility, it is no surprise that the shoulder is prone to injury. Shoulder pain is most commonly connected to overuse activities, but also associated with acute injuries, poor body mechanics, damaged nerves, and age-related issues such as arthritis. Depending on the condition and personal tolerance, shoulder pain may vary in level of discomfort. It can range from slight soreness, to numbness and tingling, all the way to extreme burning and stabbing pain. Pain may be localized or radiate to the neck, the upper back, or the outside of the upper arm.

shoulder pain causesCauses

Shoulder pain is frequently linked to the activities we do and how we perform them. Below are some of those common causes, as well as other reasons you may be experiencing shoulder pain:

  • Acute injuries to the shoulder, such as falls or auto accidents
  • Jobs that require heavy lifting and/or repetitive arm movement (manufacturing, retail, construction, janitorial, extended computer use, etc.)
  • Sports such as baseball, football, tennis, gymnastics, climbing, swimming, and bowling
  • Overuse activities that require constant, overhead, and/or repetitive motion of the arm (gardening, painting, driving, crafting, etc)
  • Lack of upper body strength and conditioning
  • Poor posture/ergonomics
  • Pinched or damaged nerves
  • Inflammation
  • Advanced age

shoulder painWhat We Treat

SportsCare Physical Therapists are experts in shoulder injury recovery. Our PT’s rehabilitate a variety of shoulder conditions, including, but not limited to:

  • Acromioclavicular Joint (AC Joint) Injuries
  • Joint replacement or reconstruction
  • Debridement surgeries
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
  • Shoulder Instability (dislocations and separations)
  • Labral Tears
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Bicep Tendonitis
  • Osteoarthritis, bursitis

shoulder pain treatmentTreatment 

SportsCare sees each patient as an individual with unique needs. Listening to their areas of concern, we also discuss patient goals, activity level, and general health. SportsCare Physical Therapists perform a professional evaluation and then develop a personalized treatment plan that may include:

  • Modalities (Ultrasound, Ice/Heat, Electrical Stimulation)
  • Intermittent Compression with Cold (Game Ready and Normatec)
  • Manual Therapy
  • Joint Mobilization/Stabilization
  • Kinesio Tape
  • Traction
  • Therapeutic Exercises
  • Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Therapy
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy
  • Pool Therapy
  • Home Exercise Program/Education for prevention

Nearly 4,000,000 Americans report having shoulder pain or dysfunction every year.

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