Say Goodbye to Shoulder Pain for Good
Are you looking for shoulder pain relief for an acute or chronic shoulder injury, like a rotator cuff injury or frozen shoulder? If you are, you may benefit from physical therapy, which is a natural way to reduce should pain while increasing range of motion and strength.
Discomfort and pain in your shoulder can be due to a repetitive motion injury, sports injury or work injury. The shoulder is a complex joint that is comprised of muscles, ligaments and tendons, and any injury to the soft tissues can result in stiffness and pain.
A dislocated shoulder occurs when your upper arm bone is jolted out of the socket. This condition causes immediate pain and swelling and should be considered an emergency. However, after your shoulder has been pushed back into place and allowed some time for healing, you may need physical rehabilitation to regain range of motion and strength.
The medical term for frozen shoulder is adhesive capsulitis. This is typically a repetitive motion injury that occurs over a long period of time. It causes the soft tissues of the shoulder to thicken, which results in an abundance of scar tissue. The thicker soft tissues combined with the scar tissue limit the range of motion of the shoulder.
The rotator cuff is comprised of muscles and tendons. Its primary purpose is to keep the shoulder stable and aid in movement. The most common rotator cuff injury is a tear in either the tendons or muscles, but the joint is also susceptible to tendonitis from overuse, especially if you work a manual labor job or play sports.
If the ligaments or tendons become overly stretched or torn, you may experience a separated shoulder. This is different than a dislocated shoulder because the joint is not entirely out of its socket. Instead, it is closer to a severe sprain or strain.
The shoulder contains fluid-filled sacs called bursae, which help cushion the muscles and tendons of the rotator cuff. When the bursae become inflamed, it is known as bursitis, which can cause pain and limit the movement of your shoulder.
When it comes to maximizing your recovery and reducing your pain without powerful prescription pain medications, you should consider physical therapy. Our skilled and experienced physical therapists in Lexington, Kentucky can evaluate your injury and make a complete diagnosis. Once the severity of your shoulder injury is known, we can develop a comprehensive treatment plan to help you heal, regain your strength, and restore your range of motion.
We accomplish this by developing a customized exercise program for you that includes stretches and strengthening exercises, and we will adapt your program as you heal. This means that you may be able to avoid shoulder surgery, and you will be naturally reducing your pain levels. We will even teach you how to reduce your risk of experiencing future shoulder injuries.
To learn more about how physical therapy can help you heal after a shoulder injury, call us today859.263.8080, Advantage Physical Therapy in Lexington, Kentucky.