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Shoulder injuries are very common.  The shoulder is perhaps the most dynamic and mobile joint of the skeletal system.  It is a ball-and-socket joint, with the ability to move in multiple planes of motion (up/down, horizontally, and rotationally).  Because of all this mobility, the Rotator Cuff, which is comprised of 4 muscles acting as the primary stabilizer of the shoulder, can become damaged. The glenoid labrum is a cartilage lining of the inside of the “socket” part of the joint, and can also become damaged/torn.  Shoulder pain typically presents as a dull, throbbing pain along the front, lateral, or back of the shoulder and can radiate up toward the neck or down into the upper arm. People may also experience catching/clicking when trying to move the arm in certain positions. Physical Therapists will perform a thorough evaluation to identify the source of the pain and what may have lead to the dysfunction; then, they will help you to resolve the pain, improve your strength, and learn how to avoid re-injuring the shoulder in the future. Lots of shoulder injuries, even big muscular tears, can be successfully treated in Physical Therapy without surgical intervention.

Common Injuries

  • SLAP lesion (Superior Labral Anterior Posterior)

  • Biceps tear/tendonitis

  • Rotator Cuff tear/tendonitis

  • Bursitis

  • Arthritis

  • Impingement

  • Acromioclavicular Joint Arthritis, Separation (AC joint)

  • Frozen Shoulder

  • Dislocation/Subluxation

How Can PT Help?

  • Joint Mobilizations

  • Soft Tissue and Fascial Release/Mobilization

  • Postural Re-Training

  • Individualized Exercise Programs

  • Modalities (heat, ice, TENS unit, ultrasound)

  • Functional Dry Needling

  • Postural Taping

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