Shoulder Pain Relief

shoulder pain access rehab 1 Shoulder Pain ReliefIs shoulder injury causing you pain — and even preventing you from living your life sometimes? When you’re dealing with shoulder pain, even ordinary motions like closing a door, brushing your hair, or holding grocery bags can become miserable. The most effective way to deal with shoulder pain is to work with a physical therapist who will help you heal instead of trying quick fixes. Contact us anytime to start a personalized physical therapy plan for rotator cuff injury or other shoulder injuries.

What is Shoulder Pain?

According to the National Institutes of Health, shoulder pain is the result of soft tissue breakdown within your shoulders. This can include problems with your ligaments, joints, tendons, muscles, and all other tissues in the shoulder area. Shoulder pain can happen in a variety of ways. The most common origins for shoulder pain include:

  • Frozen shoulder: frozen shoulder, as the name implies, means that you can’t move your shoulder without pain — it’s essentially frozen into place. Frozen shoulder pain tends to be very persistent and may cause a constant ache.
  • Dislocated shoulder: when you have a dislocated shoulder, your shoulder socket actually separates from the ball of your arm. This often happens in sports accidents or falls.
  • Rotator cuff damage: if your rotator cuff is damaged, you’ll have severe pain throughout your shoulder. Rotator cuff injury can include muscle tears, bursitis, tendinitis, and other injuries.
  • Arthritis: arthritis affects your joints, and the shoulder joints are often quite vulnerable to arthritis pain. If you suffer from arthritis, you may have near-constant dull pain.

Causes of Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can happen for a number of different reasons. If you suffer from a chronic illness like arthritis, your shoulder pain may develop slowly and then worsen over time. This is the result of joint damage within your shoulder.

In other cases, a shoulder injury isn’t connected to chronic illness but is instead the result of the regular shoulder strain. For example, if you play a sport like a basketball, in which you often raise your arms up, you may suffer a rotator cuff injury from the repeated motions.

Many shoulder injuries happen quite suddenly, while playing sports or by tripping and falling. If you’ve ever had an injury that required shoulder immobilization, you may be at higher risk for other shoulder problems such as frozen shoulder in the future.

No matter how your shoulder injury may have occurred, it’s not something that you have to live with. Physical therapy can be the non-invasive solution that allows you to move without shoulder pain and stiffness again.

How Physical Therapy Can Help Shoulder Pain

Your physical therapist begins by doing a full evaluation of your current range of motion and shoulder functionality. This simple evaluation gives your physical therapist the information they need to customize a treatment plan that allows you to get back full mobility — and to get pain free as well.

Physical therapy focuses on reducing muscle spasms, decreasing painful inflammation, and speeding up the healing. To accomplish all of these things, a multi-modal approach has proven to be most effective. Your physical therapy treatment plan typically includes:

  • Strengthening exercises are done at our facility under your physical therapist’s close supervision
  • Customized exercises that you can do at home
  • Heat pack application to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Ice pack application to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Ultrasound therapy to reduce swelling and encourage faster healing
  • Electrical muscle stimulation to reduce pain and muscle spasms

With the help of a customized physical therapy program, you have the best possible chance of achieving a full recovery from a shoulder injury — without having to undergo surgery. You’ll also be able to avoid taking potentially dangerous narcotics. Physical therapy focuses on the long-term healing of your shoulder injury — and it also relieves your pain in the short term! Get shoulder pain relief with physical therapy. For more information contact us or visit our office at San Dimas, CA.

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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.