SHOULDER PAIN

Shoulder Pain Relief

 

Do you wince when you reach overhead, slip on a T-shirt, or roll over on your shoulder at night? If so, you probably know firsthand how debilitating and frustrating a shoulder pain condition can be. Whether you injured your shoulder in a recent accident, strained your shoulder by over-training, or simply are dealing with age-related shoulder joint dysfunction, you may find yourself struggling with day to day functions which you might have once taken for granted.

If any of this sounds like you, our physical therapists want you to know that relief and resolutions (drug- and surgery-free!) are possible!

 

What Is Shoulder Pain?

According to data shared by the National Institute of Health, the estimated prevalence of shoulder pain ranges from 4% to 26%. Assuming this data is accurate, this means upwards of 1 out of 4 people are struggling with shoulder pain at any given time.

Both acute and chronic shoulder pain can feel dull, achy, sharp, or throbbing. It may be associated with weakness, tenderness, swelling, bruising, and instability at the shoulder joint and make it difficult for a person to lift their arm. Sometimes, numbness, tingling, and weakness can also develop in the arm, hand, or finger.

Your shoulder is actually the most mobile joint in your body and requires the intricate coordination of many muscles (including the so-called rotator cuff), ligaments, tendons, joint capsules, joint labrum (a joint lining to improve alignment), nerves, and bursae (friction-reducing sacs found between tissues like tendons and bones). Damage or dysfunction of any of these structures can lead to a shoulder pain condition.

 

What Causes Shoulder Pain?

Acute shoulder pain is a common condition which usually develops after some traumatic event in sports, occupations, personal injuries, or auto accidents. Chronic shoulder pain lasts longer and may come on more gradually; this is typically due to repetitive movement or overuse. Other risk factors for shoulder pain include poor posture and advancing age.

Our physical therapists commonly recognize the following shoulder pain conditions:

  • Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder): progressive and marked range of motion loss in the shoulder generally following some sort of injury, illness, or infection affecting the shoulder area
  • Arthritis: Wearing down of joint cartilage causing painful bone-on-bone rubbing and inflammation.
  • Bursitis: Inflammation and swelling of the bursae.
  • Dislocation: The humeral head inside the main “socket” of the shoulder joint (called the glenoid fossa) can become partially or fully dislocated (dislodged out of place, usually due to significant trauma). Even if it “pops” back into place, your shoulder will likely be more unstable and at risk for re-injury unless treated.
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis and Shoulder Impingement: Friction or pressure on tendons (e.g., if they rub against bones) can inflame the tendons and cause swelling, pain, and decreased mobility. Acute or chronic trauma can also lead to small tears in the rotator cuff muscle fibers.
  • SLAP tear: this is a tear in the superior part of the labrum in an anterior to posterior direction and can be caused by acute or repetitive trauma.

 

How Physical Therapist Treats Shoulder Pain

The right course of physical therapy can help you manage shoulder pain without surgery. By meeting with a physical therapist at for your condition, you will be able to learn the underlying diagnosis and contributing factors of your dysfunction, get relief from your symptoms, and then learn how to avoid recurring problems in the future.

Following a thorough examination in which we look at your physical body, medical and family history, fitness, age, and other characteristics, we can devise a treatment plan to address your impairments, needs, and goals. Our customizable and comprehensive services for shoulder pain generally include:

  • Therapeutic exercises to heal tissues, improve mobility, and increase joint strength and stability
  • Modalities like low-level laser therapy and electrical stimulation to reduce swelling and accelerate healing
  • Joint mobilizations to improve shoulder alignment
  • Postural training and kinesiotaping to improve posture

If you have the symptoms of shoulder pain, feel free to set up a detailed evaluation with one of our trained therapists.

We would love to hear from you!

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  • Andrea and Arch are great to work with. They took the time to fully evaluate me and developed a course of therapy to achieve specific goals. So happy I chose them!

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    Rob Brewer
    6/28/2013

    Andrea is amazing! I have been working with her to treat my chronic migraines for six months now. She is one of the only people who have made a noticeable difference for me. And I’ve tried everything. She is so friendly and helpful. She goes out of her way to work with you and your issues. The whole DB Team is wonderful. I can’t recommend them enough.

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    The Beef
    5/08/2019

    Caring and competent. They use facial constraints techniques. No other type of physical therapy is as effective.

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    Michele Rohner
    12/03/2019
  • What a positive experience. I was blown away, with how willing to help me they were. I have an old brace, and wanted to tune it up. everyone in town, could care less, but they not only took it on, but made me feel respected. My new brace this year will come from them, no matter what.

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    Chris White
    6/28/2014

    I've known Adrea for over 30 years, and have had her as a therapist for several different issues ranging from lower back to post ACL surgery therapy. I've followed her from several different practices because she knows what she's doing. Their office appearantly has a great parctice of hiring quality people as well. I have reluctantly been seeing Jennifer for the past 2 weeks due to Adrea's full schedule, and I am absolutely delighted with even the early results to an IT Band and torn meniscus issue. It's the first time in months that I have been able to walk without the aid of a cane. I'm looking forward to seeing the results of the upcoming weeks.

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    Stephen Schneiderman
    6/28/2017

    Andrea is amazing! I have been working with her to treat my chronic migraines for six months now. She is one of the only people who have made a noticeable difference for me. And I’ve tried everything. She is so friendly and helpful. She goes out of her way to work with you and your issues. The whole DB Team is wonderful. I can’t recommend them enough.

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    The Beef
    5/08/2019