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Shoulder Pain

The shoulder is a complex joint with many possible causes of pain. Physical therapy for shoulder pain can identify the cause of pain and relieve it at its source.

Physical therapy for shoulder pain

A complex joint made up of the humerus (arm bone), scapula (shoulder blade), and clavicle (collar bone), many muscles and ligaments support the shoulder and help it move. Physical therapy can address pain, stiffness, and movement challenges in the shoulder to improve quality of life.

Causes of shoulder pain

Shoulder pain can be caused by repetitive overhead activities, falling, straining to reach for something, lifting something heavy, or improper exercise techniques. Other times, shoulder pain can occur for no apparent reason.

young woman with shoulder pain speaking with her physical therapist

Shoulder pain symptoms

Patients suffering from shoulder pain may experience the following symptoms:

  • Pain in the shoulders, neck, arm or back
  • Muscle stiffness or weakness
  • Limited range of motion
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How we treat shoulder pain

Your physical therapist will perform a comprehensive evaluation and create a customized program to address your unique shoulder pain needs. The goal is to restore normal mobility and strength to the shoulder and maximize function.

Treatments and programs for shoulder pain may include:

Shoulder pain diagnoses physical therapy can treat

Multiple issues can cause shoulder pain. Here are a few of the most common:

  • Rotator cuff tendinitis
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder arthritis
  • Bicep tendinitis
  • Shoulder bursitis
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Shoulder fracture

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What to expect

Your first physical therapy appointment is about creating a personalized treatment plan based on your health history, diagnosis, and goals. Here’s what you can expect at your first physical therapy appointment:

Your first appointment will last about an hour. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

If applicable, bring your physician referral or prescription, insurance card, paperwork, ID, and co-payment.

At your appointment, we’ll do an initial evaluation and discuss your care plan.

*Services are not available at every location. Visit our Locations page for more details.

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