Shoulder Pain Relief Orange Park, Jacksonville & St. Augustine, FL

Shoulder Pain Relief

Shoulder pain 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. The shoulder is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Shoulder pain can also indicate a deeper injury. It’s always wise to contact a physical therapist if you have shoulder pain. A physical therapist can help identify which shoulder structures are causing the pain. So, if you’re experiencing shoulder pain, contact a physical therapist. Here’s a list of shoulder injuries that can cause pain and impinge 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 pain over the top of the shoulder and weakness when moving the shoulder. A physical therapist will do a thorough evaluation in order to diagnose a rotator cuff injury. Most patients respond well to around six weeks of physical therapy for a rotator cuff injury. If you do need surgery for a rotator cuff injury, physical therapy has also been shown to help improve recovery.

Shoulder Dislocation

When the ball of the arm and the shoulder socket separate, there is a shoulder dislocation. Getting stuck in a sporting activity or falling can cause this. There are immediate pain and difficulty moving the arm. There may also be numbness, discoloration or a cold feeling in the arm or hand with a shoulder dislocation. An X-ray will have to be 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 therapy can help inflammation, pain and range of motion. Typically, it takes anywhere from four to eight weeks to recover from a shoulder dislocation.

Frozen Shoulder

Also referred to as adhesive capsulitis, a frozen shoulder. There are pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. Physical therapy can also help a frozen shoulder. It helps you regain your motion faster.

Shoulder Replacement: It Needs a New One

People over the age of 50 can develop osteoarthritis of the shoulder, and a shoulder replacement may be needed. Post-surgery, a physical therapist can help ease the pain and regain motion of the shoulder.

The Role of Physical Therapy with Shoulder Pain

A 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. Treatments may include joint stabilization, strengthening and stretching. Ultrasound, heat, ice and electrical stimulation may be part of the treatment also. These passive modalities of treatment are effective in reducing pain, reducing inflammation, lessening muscle spasms and accelerating the healing process. A physical therapist may also give advice on workplace ergonomics and activity modification.

If you’re suffering from shoulder pain, be sure to contact us to learn how we can help you. Our physical therapists are experienced and knowledgeable. They’ve helped others with shoulder pain and can help you do. Our goal is to eliminate your shoulder pain and get you on the path to recovery so that you can resume your regular daily activities. Give us a call today to schedule a one-on-one consultation. We’ll get you on the road to good health. We can help you out from here at the centers at Orange Park, Jacksonville & St. Augustine, Florida.

FAQs

What is the most common shoulder injury?

Sprains and strains are among the most commonly experienced overuse injuries in the shoulder area. A strain occurs when a muscle or tendon is stretched too far or torn. A sprain occurs when a ligament is stretched too far or torn. Strains and sprains can result in an ongoing shoulder pain that may make it difficult to partake in exercise or even daily tasks. If the strain or sprain is minor, it can sometimes be iced at home and healed with rest. More severe strains and sprains will often require physical therapy treatments. Additional shoulder injuries include a torn cartilage, dislocation, tendinitis, frozen shoulder, and arthritis.

How do you know if my shoulder injury is serious?

Your shoulders can accomplish several physical feats due to their structure – however, this also means that they are susceptible to an increased risk of injury because of their complexity. If something becomes damaged in the make-up of the shoulders, pain and discomfort can develop. This pain may range from a dull ache to shooting pains, depending on the severity of the condition. If you are experiencing severe pain, or pain lasting three months or longer, it could be indicative of a deeper issue.

How do I get my shoulder to stop hurting?

If your shoulder is causing you discomfort, physical therapy is the best way to ensure the highest rate of relief. 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, and may include any combination of treatment methods as your physical therapist deems fit, including manual therapy, ice and heat therapies, electrical nerve stimulation, or ultrasound. Your physical therapist will also prescribe targeted exercises and stretches to help regain your optimal shoulder function.

How can physical therapy help with 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.