Shoulder pain is a common complaint and therapy may be recommended as a conservative treatment or for rehabilitation after surgery. The shoulder is a complex ball and socket joint that is made up of the humerus (upper arm bone), the scapula (shoulder blade) and the clavicle (collar bone). There are many ligaments that help support the shoulder, and many muscles help to move the shoulder. The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body, allowing people to reach and move in many directions. Extremes of mobility (instability) can lead to many painful shoulder conditions.
There are many different causes of shoulder pain. Overhead activities, such as swimming, tennis or throwing, can cause irritation of the rotator cuff or biceps tendons. Trauma such as falls or auto accidents can also injure the shoulder. Often, shoulder pain occurs with no apparent reason or specific injury. Common shoulder problems include:
We’ll start with a thorough evaluation to tie together history and clinical findings. from there, we can develop a treatment plan of symptom management, range of motion and progressive clinical and home-based strengthening. When conservative management is not enough, we can assist in seeking out further workup and treatment.