Shoulder pain is defined as pain caused by injury or disease. The design of the shoulder joint is such that it sacrifices stability for mobility. For this reason, the shoulder is at high risk for injury. Injuries to the shoulder can involve ligaments, bursae, or tendons surrounding the shoulder joint, cartilage, menisci, or bones.
How Physical Therapists at Rehab Associates can help
We will examine your strength and range of motion, and develop a personalized care plan to help you restore your mobility and eliminate pain. Treatments may include: stretching, strengthening, join mobilization/stabilization, and electrical stimulation.
We may recommend activity modification and work place ergonomics. Planning comprehensive home exercise programs may also be implemented depending on the circumstances.
Pain Patients can benefit from Physical Therapy
Physical therapy can be a highly effective, non-surgical, and non-pharmacological treatment for pain. For issues like shoulder impingement, rotator cuff tears, and mild to moderate osteoarthritis cases, studies have shown P.T. can improve your quality of life- and even prevent surgical intervention! Research shows patients who are involved in “pre-hab” sessions with a physical therapist have much faster surgical recovery times and need far less intensive therapy afterwards.
The American Physical Therapy Association reports that adding trigger point dry needling to an exercise program for patients with chronic shoulder pain may be a much more cost-effective form of treatment than exercise alone.