Shoulder Injury

Why does my shoulder hurt?

The shoulder consists of multiple joints along with muscles and tendons which to allow your arm to move freely. Considered the most mobile joint in the body, the shoulder gets its large range of motion from its bony architecture. The rotator cuff is the most commonly injured structure in the shoulder because its function is to control and stabilize motion at the joint surfaces throughout the many different positions the shoulder can achieve. Any injury to the rotator cuff can cause pain when trying to move your arm around or lift your arm above your head. Pain at night, particularly when rolling onto the affected shoulder is a hallmark of rotator cuff pathology.

Shoulder injuries can occur from a large variety of activities such as manual labor, sports, and even simple repetitive movement. Diseases of the neck, liver, heart, lungs, or gallbladder can also be disguised as pain in the shoulder. While surgery is sometimes required to treat certain conditions of the shoulder, physical therapy can be a highly effective way to treat shoulder pain.

Possible reasons for shoulder pain:

  • Tendon tear in the shoulder
  • Tendon inflammation / degeneration in the shoulder
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Arthritis
  • Instability in the shoulder
  • Fracture or broken bone
  • Impingement
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Labral tear
  • Shoulder dislocation

 

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Treatment for shoulder pain

The treatment options for shoulder pain will depend heavily on the condition at the root cause your shoulder pain along with your symptoms and personal goals. Your physician can help you determine the best treatment options of your shoulder pain, including physical therapy. If you don't have a prescription for physical therapy treatment from your doctor, you may still be able to visit an Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy location near you for treatment, depending on the rules of the state you live in.

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Treatment options for shoulder pain include, but are not limited to:

Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a broad term that encompasses a wide range of treatment methods for injuries, conditions, and illnesses. At Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy, we focus not only on treating your condition, but also on helping you prevent future injuries from…

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Soft Tissue Mobilization
Soft Tissue Mobilization

Soft tissue injuries have been known to occur when muscles are very tense and contracted. They can also happen as a result of a sprained ankle or other sudden trauma. When dealing with a soft tissue injury, you may feel weak muscles, pain, and less…

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Aquatic Therapy
Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy can be very effective when you have a condition that makes it painful to put weight on your lower extremities, such as arthritis, knee pain, hip pain, or low back pain. During aquatic therapy, the buoyancy of the water allows for less…

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Dry Needling
Dry Needling

Dry needling is often confused with acupuncture; however, they are very different techniques. Dry needling focuses on reducing pain and accelerating healing through a deep understanding of the relationships between our bodies and our central nervous…

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Hand Therapy
Hand Therapy

Hand therapists (also referred to as occupational therapists) specialize in conditions affecting hands and upper extremities. Becoming a hand therapist includes advanced training to treat patients through post-surgical rehabilitation, hand injuries that do…

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Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy

Everyday movements can be excruciating when you're suffering from hand pain, wrist pain, or elbow pain. Even simple actions like lifting a fork, moving a computer mouse, or picking up a book can become daunting. Because you use your upper extremities for…

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Orthopedic Therapy
Orthopedic Therapy

The orthopedic specialists at Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy are ready to help you get back into the action. Whether you're overcoming a sports-related injury or recovering from a recent surgery, let our knowledgeable team develop a personalized therapy plan just…

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Pediatric Physical & Occupational Therapy
Pediatric Physical & Occupational Therapy

At Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy, we go above and beyond when it comes to the treatment of our young patients. Our goal is to make their experience as close to "play time" as possible. Our specially-trained physical therapists work one-on-one with pediatric…

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Post-Surgical Treatment
Post-Surgical Treatment

Physical therapy after surgery is extremely important for ensuring a full recovery. In addition to many other benefits, post-surgical rehabilitation can also help you regain full range of motion in the affected area. Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy specializes in…

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