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Shoulder Pain Relief

If you’ve ever suffered from a shoulder injury, you know how painful and debilitating it can be. Even simple everyday tasks such as pushing, pulling and reaching can take a toll on your shoulders. It’s important to contact a physical therapist if you’re suffering from shoulder pain. Call us today to set up an appointment to see one of our physical therapists.

Not only can the pain hinder your ability to perform daily activities, but it may be a sign that you have a deeper injury. A physical therapist can evaluate your shoulder and create a treatment plan for your specific condition. Getting the right treatment as quickly as possible is necessary to maintain maximum mobility.

What Is Shoulder Pain?

The National Institutes of Health states that there are several different types of shoulder conditions that can cause pain:

  • Frozen Shoulder – This condition includes stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. A frozen shoulder will often go through a variety of stages that may occur over several years. You will likely feel achy, dull pain when suffering from a frozen shoulder.
  • Shoulder Dislocation – This occurs when the shoulder socket and the ball of the arm separate. A traumatic event such as an accident or a fall can cause this condition. You would likely feel immediate pain and would have difficulty moving your arm.
  • Rotator Cuff Injury – The rotator cuff in your shoulder is made of tendons and muscles. Bursitis, tendonitis and tears can all occur in this particular area.

Causes of Shoulder Pain

There are several reasons why you could experience an injury or pain in your shoulders. According to the Mayo Clinic, risk factors for frozen shoulder include having diabetes and having your shoulder immobilized for long periods, such as after a fracture.

Rotator cuff injuries occur most frequently in individuals who move their arms in overhead motions. These repetitive motions are often performed on the job or during sports activities. Sometimes, however, rotator cuff injuries are the result of a single incident.

A dislocated shoulder is when the arm bone actually pops out of the socket in the shoulder blade. This condition is often the result of a fall, a traumatic accident or a sports injury.

If shoulder pain is not related to any of the above diagnoses, it may be the result of a mechanical impingement, whether due to a genetic bony abnormality or imbalance in strength and flexibility around the shoulder joint, causing poor mechanics with activities such as lifting, reaching, and pushing, that can lead to pain.

How Physical Therapy Can Help Shoulder Pain

If you’re experiencing pain or injury in your shoulders, a physical therapist can evaluate your range of motion and functional abilities. The therapist would then put together an individualized treatment plan to relieve pain and restore mobility. Other goals would include reducing inflammation, decreasing muscle tension, and speeding up the healing process. There are several methods a PT could use during treatment:

  • Joint mobilization or manipulation
  • Strengthening and stretching exercises
  • Heat or ice treatments
  • Electrical stimulation

Many people can recover from various types of shoulder conditions without having surgery. Physical therapy can play a major role in your recovery without having to use invasive methods. Even if surgery is required, physical therapy can help you both before and after to improve healing time and increase your range of motion.

Our physical therapy team has the experience and expertise to help you heal from a variety of shoulder conditions. They work to reduce pain, increase mobility and help you resume your regular activities as quickly as possible. Whether it’s a rotator cuff injury, a dislocated shoulder or any other type of shoulder injury, a physical therapist can help you improve mobility and get you back to participating in your daily activities. Contact Us today at Lake City, Florence, McColl & Camden, SC Centers. You don’t have to live with ongoing shoulder pain!

FAQs

What is the best exercise for shoulder pain?

While there is no one-stop solution for shoulder pain, there are many exercises that can be done to help strengthen the rotator cuff region and ease the pain you are expereincing. Our physical therapists are highly trained to help improve the flexibility and range of motion in your shoulder, in addition to relieving your pain and discomfort. This will be done through an individualized treatment plan designed specifically for you, including therapeutic modalities and targeted pain-relief exercises. A couple common rotator cuff-strengthening exercises that physical therapists prescribe are wall push-ups and chair push-ups. Resistance bands can also be used to increase the strength in your shoulder and help relieve pain. However, it is important to note that if your pain is serious, these exercises should not be performed without the aid of a physical therapist.

How many types of shoulder pain exist?

When it comes to your upper extremities, injuries typically fall into two categories: acute or overuse. Acute injuries are caused by a single specific incident, such as a strain or tear. Overuse injuries are caused by excessive repetitive movements over time. Both acute and overuse injuries can range from mild to severe and can have a significant impact on daily life function. Shoulder pain can also be chronic, meaning it has persisted for 3 months or longer, despite efforts to relieve it. If you have been living with chronic shoulder pain, it is in your best interest to consult with a physical therapist as soon as possible, so they can get to the root of the problem and treat you accordingly.

Can physical therapy help shoulder pain?

Two of the biggest goals of physical therapy are 1) to alleviate your pain and 2) to improve your function. Your physical therapist will work with you to make sure that both of these are achieved throughout your physical therapy sessions. Physical therapy has been proven to manage the pain of several conditions, and in many cases, it has even been proven to eliminate shoulder pain altogether, thus making the need for harmful drugs or surgical intervention obsolete.

What are the causes of shoulder pain?

There are several underlying causes that could result in shoulder pain. For example, a sudden injury or trauma to the shoulders can cause them to become painful. Repetitive motions can also cause shoulder pain, as your muscles, joints, and tendons are working in overdrive. While there are multiple factors that could be causing your shoulder pain, some of the most common include sprains, strains, a torn cartilage, dislocation, frozen shoulder, tendinitis, and arthritis.