Shoulder Pain Relief
The shoulder joint is a very complex joint that is made up of bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons and it allows your body to undertake a wide variety of activities. Pain in the shoulder is a common musculoskeletal condition that up to 67 percent of people will experience at some time during their life. Just everyday pushing, reaching and pulling can take a toll on the shoulder. Here’s a list of shoulder injuries that can cause pain and have a negative effect on your regular daily function.
Rotator Cuff Injuries
The rotator cuff is a set of four muscles and tendons that connect the arm bone to the shoulder blade. Its function is to keep the arm bone in the socket when using the arm. An injury to the rotator cuff can be due to excessive throwing, reaching or lifting. Symptoms of a rotator cuff injury are a pain over the top of the shoulder and weakness when moving the shoulder. A Physical or Occupational therapist will do a thorough evaluation of your pain, range of motion, strength and your ability to perform basic activities. Most patients respond well to around six weeks of Physical or Occupational Therapy for a rotator cuff injury. If you need surgery for a severe rotator cuff injury, Physical or Occupational Therapy can help reduce pain and swelling, improve range of motion, increase strength and can help get you back to normal activities again.
When the ball of the upper arm and the shoulder socket separate, this is called a shoulder dislocation. Getting struck in a sporting activity or falling can cause this to happen. There is immediate pain and difficulty moving the arm. There may also be numbness, discoloration or a cold feeling in the arm or hand. An X-ray is usually taken to ensure that you don’t have a fracture. If there is no fracture, a healthcare professional can put the shoulder back in place. Physical or Occupational Therapy will initially work to reduce inflammation and pain and then on very gentle range of motion. After this, strengthening comes next. Typically, it takes anywhere from four to eight weeks to recover from a shoulder dislocation.
Also referred to as adhesive capsulitis, frozen shoulder refers to a condition that is characterized by pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. Physical or Occupational Therapy will help to regain your motion as well as restore the biomechanics of good shoulder motion.
If a shoulder replacement is necessary, a Physical or Occupational Therapist can help ease the post-operative pain and swelling. They will work to help you regain motion of the shoulder and improve your strength.
The Role of Physical and Occupational Therapy with Shoulder Pain
A physical therapist will evaluate your functional abilities and range of motion in order to create a personalized treatment plan to restore mobility and relieve shoulder pain. A Physical or Occupational Therapist may also give advice on workplace ergonomics and activity modification.
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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.
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.
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.
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.