If you've ever had a shoulder injury, you understand how painful and debilitating it can be. Even simple everyday tasks like pushing, pulling, and reaching can strain your shoulders. Not only does pain interfere with daily activities, but it may also indicate a more serious injury. To maintain full mobility, it is critical to receive the appropriate treatment as soon as possible. A physical therapist can assess your shoulder and develop a treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. If you have shoulder pain, you should see a physical therapist right away. Call us today to schedule a consultation with one of our physical therapists.
What Is Shoulder Pain?
According to the National Institutes of Health, there are various types of shoulder problems that can cause pain:
- Frozen Shoulder – This condition causes shoulder stiffness and pain. A frozen shoulder may go through numerous phases over the course of several years. When you have a frozen shoulder, you will most likely have achy, dull pain.
- Shoulder Dislocation – When the shoulder socket and the ball of the arm separate, this occurs. This condition can be caused by a traumatic incident such as an accident or a fall. You would most likely have instant pain and difficulties moving your arm.
- Rotator Cuff Injury – Your shoulder's rotator cuff is made up of tendons and muscles. Bursitis, tendinitis, and rips are all possible in this area.
Causes of Shoulder Pain
You could suffer from a shoulder injury or pain for a number of reasons. The Mayo Clinic lists diabetes and having your shoulder immobilized for an extended length of time, such as after a fracture, as risk factors for frozen shoulder.
People who raise their arms overhead most frequently sustain rotator cuff injuries. These repetitive movements are frequently performed when working or playing sports. However, rotator cuff injuries might occasionally happen as a 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 frequently results from a sports injury, traumatic accident, or fall.
How Physical Therapy Can Help Shoulder Pain
A physical therapist can assess your range of motion and functional capacities if your shoulders are experiencing pain or injury in your shoulders. The therapist would develop a customized treatment plan to reduce pain and help you regain movement. Other goals might be to lessen inflammation, lessen muscle spasms, and speed up the healing process. A PT may apply a variety of treatments during therapy, including:
- Strengthening and stretching exercises
- Mechanical Assessment and treatment
- Heat or ice treatments
- Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
- Electrical stimulation
Several shoulder issues can be resolved without surgery in many cases. Your rehabilitation can be greatly aided by physical therapy without the need for invasive procedures. Physical therapy can benefit you before and after surgery, even if it's necessary, to speed up recovery and improve your range of motion.
Our physical therapy team has the experience and expertise to assist you in recovering from various types of shoulder issues. They strive to make you pain-free, mobile, and ready to return to loving your life again. Whether you have a dislocated shoulder, rotator cuff injury, or any other sort of shoulder injury, a physical therapist can help you regain mobility and resume your normal activities. To arrange a consultation, get in touch with FYZICAL - Northwest El Paso today! You don't have to put up with persistent shoulder pain!