Shoulder Pain Relief

The shoulder is one of the most common joints in the body which can develop pain. One reason for this vulnerability is the extreme amount of potential motion in the shoulder. It has more movement compared to any other joint in the body. To allow for this wide range of movement the shoulder must rely on an intricate muscle system. This system relates directly to the shoulder, shoulder blade, and upper back/ribs. The potential for developing muscle imbalances is quite strong and so this is the primary reason for the many potential problems related to sports, repetitive motion, and postural strain. In addition, the arm is part of our protective mechanism, so any fall will be “broken” with our arm reaching out. Physical therapy and the shoulder go very well together since most functional recoveries will require following the appropriate steps to restore motion and build the necessary postural and shoulder strength. This is why nearly all shoulder injuries and surgeries will requires some degree of rehabilitation since these steps will not usually happen on their own.


Common conditions our physical therapist help:

  • Shoulder Pain
  • Bursitis / Tendonitis
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Sports Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Frozen Shoulder / Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Labrum Tear
  • Dislocation, Instability
  • Sprain / Strain
  • Fractures
  • Post-surgery Rehab

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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.