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 or occupational therapist if you’re suffering from shoulder pain. Contact us to set up an appointment to see one of our physical or occupational 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 or occupational 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 or Occupational Therapy Can Help You Find Shoulder Pain Relief at ProMotion Rehab and Sports Medicine in Spartanburg, Camden, Florence, Lake City, or Columbia, SC

If you’re experiencing pain or injury in your shoulders, a physical or occupational 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 therapist 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 and occupational therapy can play a major role in your recovery without having to use invasive methods. Even if surgery is required, physical therapy and/or occupational can help you both before and after to improve healing time and increase your range of motion.

Our physical and occupational therapy teams have 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 therapist can help you improve mobility and get you back to participating in your daily activities. Contact Us today at Lake City, Florence, Columbia, Spartanburg & Camden, SC Clinics. You don’t have to live with ongoing shoulder pain!