Shoulder Pain | Rotator Cuff

Giving your arms a rest when you have shoulder pain is not really an option, is it? You need them to perform even the simplest of daily activities. Each one of your shoulders is made up of four different joints. Each of these are connected not only to one another but are interconnected to your shoulder blades, collarbone, and upper arms. Many different types of problems can occur within this complex connective system and lead to pain in the shoulder, difficulty performing simple tasks, or shoulder pain at night. These difficulties you experience with your shoulders can cause not only pain, but also problems with almost any kind of upper body mobility.

Why Treating Shoulder Pain Can Be So Difficult

 Because our shoulders are incredibly complicated, with a wide range of joints, tendons, and muscles working together, treating any type of pain can be difficult. The good thing about this complex system is that your shoulders work together in ways that allow your body to engage in an amazing range of activities. On the negative side, when something goes wrong with your shoulders it can be difficult to figure out exactly how to treat them.

Reasons for Stiff and Painful Shoulders

 There are several factors that can contribute to shoulder pain. Sometimes it’s as simple as maintaining bad habits. A lifetime of poor posture or other activities and habits can over the course of several years weaken the joints and tissues. Sometimes arthritis or a variety of other inflammatory disorders can affect the shoulders. Bursitis, tendonitis, and even tearing and splitting of tendons are all painful conditions that can occur in the shoulders. A rotator cuff tear and subsequent rotator cuff pain are common problems with the tendons.

Sudden injuries can also cause shoulder problems. Aggravating injuries can include broken arms, shoulder dislocation, and blows to your torso area. Additionally, shoulders can also reflect conditions that affect other parts of your body. Problems related to heart disease or issues with your gallbladder can present itself as “referred pain” in your shoulders. Pain between shoulders is sometimes associated with an impending heart attack.

How Physical Therapy Can Stop Shoulder Stiffness and Pain

Our highly trained physical therapists will perform an extensive evaluation to verify precisely where the problems are in your shoulders. They will work with you on several types of rehabilitation and stretching exercises to reduce the pain and increase the mobility in your shoulders and back. Stretching is one of the most important activities for improving overall flexibility. Entire shoulder moves that incorporate strength and flexibility are the type of physical therapy treatments that are usually most effective.

Your physical therapist will likely talk you through each of the stretching exercises while gently manipulating your muscles. When it comes to improving strength your therapist will probably use some type of resistance training. This could include long rubber bands, free weights, or possibly even cycles that you would pedal with your hands. Your physical therapist may also educate you on proper methods of posture and exercises you can work on at home.

It’s Time to Get Started

Whether you need some type of treatment to avoid surgery or post-surgery rehabilitation, our individually designed treatment plans provide comprehensive therapy. Detailed treatment plans are designed to target the areas in your shoulders that specifically need treatment while keeping you motivated throughout the entire session. Reducing shoulder blade pain and stiffness will enable you to move easier and perform a variety of activities without pain or restrictions.

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